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AWG undergraduate scholarship for academic conferences

This year, both of the major national conferences in geosciences (GSA and AGU) will be virtual and free for student members to attend. These conferences are a great opportunity to learn about active research in geosciences, make connections with potential collaborators or graduate school advisors, engage with scientists from around the world, and learn about different career paths.
The Association of Women Geoscientists will offer scholarships to cover the cost of membership (20-40$) to these societies, which will make it possible for students to attend the annual meeting for free. We will also help provide mentorship on how to approach attending an academic conference.
The Geological Society of America annual meeting will be October 26-30, and the American Geophysical Union fall meeting will take place between December 1-17th, with focused synchronous time between December 7-11th. We recommend checking out the websites and talking with your advisor or research mentor (if you have one) about what conference will suit your interests. If you have any other questions on what these conferences are about, or how to choose, feel free to send a message to

If you are interested, please complete the attached form, and send it to by THURSDAY, October 8th, with the subject line ‘AWG conference scholarship’. We will notify you by Monday, October 12 about the funding and how to use it.


Welcome back ~ Fall 2020

Welcome back! AWG is still going strong, even while virtual. Our new 2020/2021 officers just met to make plans for the fall, and we’ve got a lot of events coming up, so stay tuned.

First general meeting for the semester will be September 1 at 6pm— details and zoom link coming soon!

Our Officers for 2020/2021

Erica Lucas & Julia Carr, Co-Presidents

Kalle Jahn, Treasurer

Ben Barnes, Secretary

Gabi Rossetto Harris & Kaelie Contreras, Outreach Coordinator

Katie Horisk & Kayla Irizarry, Mentor/mentee program coordinators

Charlotte Connop & Safiya Alpheus, Event Coordinators

Mary Reinthal & Troy Ferland, Social Committee

Nancy Weinheimer & Lucy Lu, Undergraduate Liason

Adam Benfield, Shelby Bowden & Kirsty McKenzie, Fundraising

Julia Carr, Webmaster

Roman DiBiase Faculty Adviser

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:

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!

AWG Brunton Award (UPDATED)

>> UPDATE!! Award deadline extended until January 1st, 2019 <<

The AWG Brunton Award promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the upcoming generation of women geoscientists. The award will go to a female geoscience student at the senior level or in her early graduate studies who has been a summer intern, excelled at field camp, or performed field data collection that leads to a senior or graduate thesis. The award is funded by Brunton.

General Information:

  • The award is an engraved Brunton transit.
  • A one‐year membership is sponsored by AWG.
  • Application Deadline: November 15th


  • Performed field work an essential component of a senior thesis, summer internship, field camp, graduate thesis or other types of field projects
  • Have future plans to continue in the geosciences, with fieldwork as an integral part of graduate degree or career.
  • Promote the fundamental value and need for field‐based studies within the geoscience profession through project results, quality of work, and capabilities of applicant


  • Cover letter
  • Description of research project, internship, field camp experience, or summer field experience including a sample of work, which may include a report, map, photos, and/or model based on collected data (not to exceed 4 pages).
  • Statement of future interests and career goals as related to field work and/or resume
  • Letter of recommendation from the primary field mentor

Selection Committee:

The selection committee consists of AWG members with varied and significant field experience, who are committed to promoting field data acquisition methodologies among geoscience students – our future professional geoscientists.


Send application via email to

Please note ‘Brunton Award’ in the subject line


Flyer attached below

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