The geoFellows program has three core goals, focused on increasing the diversity of leaders in the computational sciences:

  1. Increase the number of minorities - especially females - engaged in computational research related topics.
  2. Engage with students enrolled in fields of study that do not usually overlap with computational research - i.e., History, Art, or Dance.
  3. Promote effective leadership in the context of real-world projects.

Each academic year, a competitively selected group of students from universities all across the Commonwealth of Virginia are selected to become a geoFellow, and individual Fellows are assigned into leadership roles within a project that matches their interests. geoFellows are closely trained by more senior Fellows, and participate in weekly read-outs with both internal and external (i.e., practitioner) stakeholders on relevant projects. Further, geoFellows become elgiible for a unique slate of summer internship programs to continue their project work.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Defense National Security Innovation Network
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative
International Fund for Agricultural Development