Author Archives: Julia Cahill Carr

PSU AWG presents poster at the American Geophysical Union

The PSU AWG group presented a poster at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, CA.  We had a great time talking about the work that our chapter has been doing and meeting with other groups that promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.


Student led organizations as a mechanism for improving department culture

Poster:   AWG_AGU_2019


The Penn State University student chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), an international organization devoted to enhancing the experience of women geoscientists, was founded in 2012. The PSU AWG chapter established programs that broaden access to knowledge required to succeed in academia and industry, support underrepresented groups in the field, and facilitate communication between students, faculty and industry. PSU AWG runs a student mentorship program, caters breakfasts with visiting speakers from underrepresented groups, fundraises for field camp students, and provides outreach to the public. Each facet of our organization serves unmet or underserved needs in our community, and has acted as a catalyst for change in the department.

The mentor program pairs undergraduates (24 students for 2018-19) with graduate student mentors to provide advice on academic and career options. Breakfast meetings with visiting speakers facilitate candid discussions on work-life balance and navigating careers from a variety of perspectives. AWG-led department lunches have fostered discussions on issues in academia, including mental health, accessibility, and impostor syndrome. Scholarship fundraising began in 2013 to target the financial burden of PSU’s required undergraduate field camp on female and underrepresented students. AWG awards multiple scholarships annually which totaled $3,250 in 2019. In addition to participating in outreach sponsored by community groups, AWG has hosted their own events. Most notably, programs surrounding the visiting Bearded Lady Project exhibit brought 130 secondary school girls from across the state to PSU for activities exposing them to the geosciences.

By encouraging participation in the department, the chapter implements student-designed and student-run programs to benefit the broader community. The organization has emerged as a key interface between administrators and students, working with faculty to co-sponsor programming aimed at student mental health and advocating diversity and inclusion in the geosciences. Active student participation and discussion, paired with forward-thinking department faculty and administrators, have increased efforts to create a more inclusive environment in geosciences.

The 1st Annual AWG PIE BAKE OFF

Introducing the first annual AWG ~PIE BAKE OFF~


Pie bake off flier

This is a fundraiser and social event to help support the AWG field camp scholarship. It will take place on Friday, November 15th at 6PM at the Marone/Richardson residence.

Like cooking? Pay 5$ to enter a pie to compete. Like eating? Pay 5$ to taste and judge the entries. We’ll provide pizza pies for additional sustenance throughout the evening. Sweet and savory pies are both accepted.

Not into eating/baking, but want to donate money AND pie a professor in the face? Enter the raffle for a chance to pie faculty in the face! (There are at least 8 faculty signed up, including our own ~Dean Lee Kump~)

Have gently used field gear that you want to donate? Bring it along! Need AWG merchandise? We’ve got that too!

~get hyped, and practice your pie baking/throwing~

Brown Bag Lunch, Wednesday October 16th at 12 PM

We would like to invite you to another AWG-hosted brown bag lunch discussion on Wednesday (10/16) at 12pm in Deike 541. Julia Carr will lead a discussion on accessibility in the geosciences, particularly with regards to issues surrounding invisible illnesses.

To focus the discussion, we have selected a few articles that show lived experiences in the geosciences with suggestions for improvement. First, two blog posts written by Gabi Seratto Marks, a Ph.D. student in geoscience at MIT, which relate her experiences attending conferences while chronically ill and her advice for future conference organizers. In addition, we will discuss a blog post by Dr. Anita Marshall about her experience navigating field science after a near-fatal injury.

We hope to use these posts to launch our discussion around accessibility in our daily lives as geoscientists from the classroom to traveling for field trips, conferences, and more, and thinking about different ways we can incorporate accessibility best practices into our teaching and work.

Hope to see you there!

Conferencing while chronically ill:

How to make professional conferences more accessible for disabled people, by Gabi Seratto Marks:


Moving forward: Overcoming our ideas about disability in the Geosciences, by Dr. Anita Marshall:

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