Mentor Program

Sign up for the AWG mentor program!  The program pairs undergraduate and graduate students in order to build relationships and provide a resource for advice on internships, finding research opportunities, applying to graduate school, career options, etc.
AWG will subsidize the cost for each mentor/mentee pair to go out for a coffee break or lunch once a month (that means free food every month!).





General Meeting and Mentor-Mentee Dinner on Monday, September 16

Please join us for the first AWG General Meeting of the semester on Monday, September 16, at 5 pm, in Deike 341 to hear about fun field work from this summer and our upcoming events and plans for this fall. All are welcome to attend!
Our general meeting will be directly followed by the highly anticipated AWG Graduate Mentor/Undergraduate Mentee Match up Dinner at 6pm, also in Deike 341! Chipotle will be served and we will do fun icebreakers. We match undergrads who are interested in geoscience with grad students for regular casual one-on-one meetings and insight into career and grad school opportunities throughout the year.

Career Development Panel Discussion

Chevron Career Development Panel Discussion: TOMORROW, September 12 from 2-4 PM in Deike 541


We invite you to attend and participate in an interactive online panel discussion with 4 earth science professionals who will discuss career development at Chevron. The panelists will share their experiences as females in the industry and discuss drivers for their career success while developing technical and leadership capabilities. They will share their perspective on the journey in their careers from their first choice to enter the oil and gas industry to multiple years into their careers and how this managed at Chevron. University participants will have the opportunity to interact with the panelists through an online portal.

Our intention is to demystify the process of career development at Chevron, while motivating female scientists to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. This event is co-hosted by the Chevron Women’s Employee Network whose mandate is to work towards “Accelerating progress for women in Chevron by promoting an inclusive culture and offering opportunities for all employees to grow personally and professionally”


Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, September 11

Brown Bag lunch on Wednesday, September 11 at 12pm in Deike 541
Figure from Evans et al. (2018) showing the prevalence of anxiety and depression within graduate students
The Association for Women in Geosciences would like to kick off this semester’s brown bag lunch discussion series next Wednesday (9/11) at 12pm in Deike 541. Ben Barnes will be curating a discussion surrounding issues of mental health, anxiety, and ‘imposter syndrome’ in academia.
These themes can seem daunting, but often commonly impact graduate students and faculty alike. For those of us just starting their degree to fourth- and fifth-year Ph.D. students, we all have thoughts to contribute which can help promote healthy mindsets and remind us that we are not alone.
We invite everyone to join us next week, including faculty, post-docs, and researchers. Attached below are two (short) articles about these topics which will lead into our discussion – I encourage you to read over these in advance.
All are welcome to attend. Please bring your own lunch.

Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year!

We hope that everyone has had an excellent summer and is ready to start off the school year. We will be hosting our first General Meeting on September 16th, 2019 at 5:15 PM, and welcome anyone that is interested to join!

Add our calendar to your google calendar to stay up to date and to join in on AWG events throughout the semester. We will be hosting a number of events, including breakfasts with colloquium speakers, social events (like trips to the cidery and hiking!), write nites, brown bag lunches, community outreach, and more!

If you have any questions, reach out to us here, on social media (facebook, instagram, twitter), or get in contact with any of our 2019/2020 officers.


Our Officers for 2019/2020

Gabi Rossetto Harris & Chloe Stanton, Co-Presidents

Shelby Lyons, Treasurer

Ben Barnes, Secretary

Clarissa Crist and Sierra Melton, Outreach Coordinator

Perri Silverhart, Claire Webster, Nancy Weinheimer, & Allison Karp, Mentor/mentee program coordinators

Mary Reinthal & Erica Lucas, Event Coordinators

Joanmarie Del Vecchio & Troy Ferland, Social Committee

Lucy Lu, Undergraduate Liason

Emily Schwans & Collin Oborn, Fundraising

Julia Carr, Webmaster & Historian

Liz HajekFaculty Adviser 



Women in STEM Careers Event

Spend a day on campus to learn more about women working in the geosciences! On May 7th, 2019 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, we will host an an event with scientists, graduate, and undergraduate students from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.


The event is free, and open to middle and high school females interested in STEM! For more information, check out the event website here. Or check out the flyer attached below!




Three events!

Hope everyone had a good spring break! Kick off the second half of the semester with 3 AWG events this week!

Monday, 3/11 at 5 PM: AWG write night. Bring something that you’re working on and join us in Deike 541


Tuesday 3/12 at 8 AM: Breakfast with colloquium speaker Sarah Stamps. Join for bagels, coffee, and discussion in Deike 541


Thursday 3/14 at 6-8 PM: Soil Painting! Create your own work of art using natural pigments. Sign up for the class here



New Online Store

Support the Penn State AWG field camp scholarship by purchasing t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and more! We will be selling AWG merchandise at colloquium and all AWG events. If you are not able to purchase in person, order from our new Etsy store! We have just released new mugs and t-shirts with a brand new design.

mug mugs in action

mugs: the perfect accessory to your morning meetings, and the eco-friendly way to fill up on coffee whenever you need.


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t-shirts: the most effective way to share your style. Look at that sweet block model on the front.


buff perri in the field with buff

buffs: pretend you’re on Survivor and wear in the field. Perfect as a headband, a neck warmer, or as a general sun shield. Be like Perri, and it will help you dig holes!


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stickers and buttons: share your love for AWG at all times– attach to your water bottle, backpack, laptop, or drone case.


Each swag purchase helps to support the field camp scholarship. Share broadly!

New T-Shirts!

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The Association for Women Geoscientists is happy to announce the launch of our BRAND NEW t-shirt designs for 2019 as part of our annual fundraiser for the AWG field camp scholarship. For the past few years AWG has been able to provide financial support for women and under-represented minority students attending Penn State’s field camp. This year we are excited to say that the national AWG chapter has agreed to match our fundraising up to $1,000 – which means that when you purchase a shirt, or a sticker, your money is doubled! See the attached flyer for all your swag options.
You can purchase your AWG swag before all department colloquia this semester, at AWG hosted events, or at any time if you contact Troy Ferland (, Joanmarie Del Vecchio (, or any of your friendly AWG members roaming the halls of Deike. We will soon be re-launching our Etsy store so that friends far and wide can order swag (stay tuned), and we have exciting fundraising events like art classes in the pipeline for the spring.

Welcome back to 2019

We will be hosting our first two events of 2019 on Tuesday, January 15th. Both events will be in Deike 541:


Breakfast with colloquium speaker Christine McCarthy 8-9 AM

All breakfasts include free bagels and coffee, and are a great way to learn about career trajectories, science, and life in the geosciences


General meeting at 5:15 PM

Hear about our plans for the semester, including panels, outreach, and some new SWAG!