We will be holding elections at our final meeting of the year for officer positions in the upcoming year. We welcome everyone to nominate yourself for officer positions.
- Don’t hesitate to reach out to current officers if you have questions about the position
- We welcome all gender identities and grad years for these positions, and you need not have been a member of AWG this year to get involved next year
- Academic job postings increasingly ask applicants to provide evidence that they work toward diversity and inclusion in their field, and our organization is dedicated to that. As an AWG officer YOU have the ability to plan events and spend $$$ to make your vision a reality!!
We will hold a virtual meeting and virtual elections TOMORROW: Thursday April 30th at 4PM.
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We hope that everyone is safe in this time.
The Association of Women Geoscientists is hosting a ceramic paint night at 2000 Degrees on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm, open to members, mentees and friends! Have a creative, relaxing night with snacks, drinks and painting. AWG mentor/mentee pairs get priority signups, and we’re covering the studio fees for the first 15 registrants.
We hope to see you there! Sign up with the following Google Form
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
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 $3,250 in 2019. In addition to participating in outreach sponsored by community groups, AWG has hosted their own events. Most notably, programs surrounding the visiting Bearded Lady Project exhibit brought 130 secondary school girls from across the state to PSU for activities exposing them to the geosciences.
By encouraging participation in the department, the chapter implements student-designed and student-run programs to benefit the broader community. The organization has emerged as a key interface between administrators and students, working with faculty to co-sponsor programming aimed at student mental health and advocating diversity and inclusion in the geosciences. Active student participation and discussion, paired with forward-thinking department faculty and administrators, have increased efforts to create a more inclusive environment in geosciences.
Introducing the first annual AWG ~PIE BAKE OFF~
Pie bake off flier
This is a fundraiser and social event to help support the AWG field camp scholarship. It will take place on Friday, November 15th at 6PM at the Marone/Richardson residence.
Like cooking? Pay 5$ 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~
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!).
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”
We had breakfast this week with Dr. Kate Freeman, who chaired a committee to report on the status of women in faculty positions in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Kate shared the committee’s findings with us and led discussion on the meaning of these results.
Summary: there is a lot that EMS is doing well in terms of numbers of female representation, but there is definite room for improvement in workplace culture to reduce feelings of isolation in both women and men.
You can take a look at the full report here (will download a pdf).
There was also some discussion about conducting a similar survey amongst geoscience grad students and postdocs. More later on the status of that!