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!


buttons and stickers sticker steminist button science for all button

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 (tmf30@psu.edu), Joanmarie Del Vecchio (joanmarie@psu.edu), 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 office@awg.org

Please note ‘Brunton Award’ in the subject line


Flyer attached below

AWG Brunton Award pdf-1mwktsf

The Bearded Lady Project screening

The Bearded Lady Project documentary screening poster

Join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018 for a screening of The Bearded Lady Project in 22 Deike Building from 1:30-3:30 pm.

This screening will include a presentation by Dr. Ellen Currano, co-creator of the film, which will be followed by a panel Q&A with Dr. Currano and five female PSU STEM faculty.

Faculty panelists (with their research interests indicated) include:

  • Liz Hajek– PSU Geosciences
    Uses the stratigraphic record to reconstruct past landscape conditions on Earth. Focuses on learning about internal (autogenic*) variability that occurs in different sedimentary environments and understanding how Earth’s surface responds to change.
  • Kate Freeman– PSU Geosciences
    studies fossil molecules and their stable isotopes. Interested in ancient climate, the carbon cycle, microbial biogeochemistry and the signatures of life on Earth and beyond.
  • Jenn Baka– PSU Geography
    Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision
  • Kristina Douglass– PSU Anthropology
    An archaeologist, whose current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar.
  • Parisa Shokouhi– PSU Civil engineering
    Infrastructure sustainability, non-destructive evaluation of civil infrastructure, multi-scale non-destructive testing (NDT) of construction materials


And be sure to see our previous post for ways to get involved with the project!

2018/2019 Mentor-Mentee Program

The AWG mentor-mentee 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, and more. AWG will subsidize the cost for each mentor/mentee pair to go out for a coffee break or lunch once a month.  Undergraduate and graduate students, females and males are all encouraged to participate.


AWG will be hosting its annual match-up dinner this Thursday, September 13th from 5:30 – 7:00pm, in the EMS museum (ground floor of Deike Building).  Chipotle will be provided, come hang out and meet potential mentors or mentees!


If you are unable to attend the dinner, you may sign up to be paired with a mentor or mentee below, by SEPTEMBER 20th.

For undergrads looking for a graduate mentor, click here!

For graduate students looking to be a mentor, click here!



AWG Officers



Bearded Ladies Project


PSU AWG is excited to announce that the Bearded Lady Project is coming to the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery this fall (October-February)!

Ellen Currano, a Penn State alum, is leading the charge to challenge the face of science through this traveling portrait exhibit and short documentary film. Watch the trailer or visit the website to learn more about the project. Get excited about coming events here on campus that AWG is planning and promoting, like the documentary screening and panel event on September 23, where creators Ellen Currano and Lexi Marsh will be here to discuss the film with us!


Better yet, create your own images or short video to challenge the face of PSU science–see detailed information below including an opportunity to be invited to the invitation-only opening event!

The New York Time recently published an article, “Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments.” The article concluded, “If you have diverse voices, you’ll reach more diverse audiences,” Ms. Amarasekara said. “If you want to reach more people, you need people who speak to them.”

If you would like to be one of the diverse voices speaking, submit your videos to the Bearded Lady Exhibit at Penn State and be included in the opportunity to be invited to the invitation-only opening event. We have simplified our request to submittals of videos any length between 30 seconds and 150 seconds. See below for more information.

The EMS Museum & Art Gallery would like to collect short videos and images of women in science to accompany the upcoming Bearded Ladies exhibit and kick-off the new EMS Museum & Art Gallery website. All Penn State women of science are invited to participate, from students to established professionals. This is a great time of year while we are all out-and-about doing our research in the field, museums, and labs to capture images and video of ourselves in action. Five short videos will be selected by committee and those women will be invited to the invitation-only premiere of the Bearded Ladies exhibit! Please direct any questions to Claire Cleveland (czc5669@psu.edu) or Gabi Rossetto (gur53@psu.edu).

Images (submit by September 28, 2018)
We are looking for images of you participating in science. Field images are especially powerful as well as images in the lab or the museum. Images depicting all aspects of being a woman in science help young women envision the many different lifestyles we lead. We have partners, families, and do non-science activities too!
Step 1: submit images
Step 2: complete image supplemental information

Videos (submit by September 28, 2018)
We are looking for short videos of your experience as a scientist. Videos can be 30 seconds to 2.5 minutes in length. Be sure to include your first and last name, what type of science you do, your location, and what makes you excited about being a scientist. To see what we are looking for, check out Gabi’s example video in the video folder. When making your video be sure that your audience can hear you clearly–be aware of background noises or wind that might detract from sound-quality. Review your video before you leave location just in case you want to make a change.
Step 1: submit video
Step 2: complete video supplemental information


Lab Girl lunch discussion Oct 18

AWG’s next lunch discussion 
Lab Girl and Other Writings on Anxiety and Mental Health in Academia” 
will be held
Weds, Oct. 18 from 12-1 pm in Deike 541
Discussion will be led by Joanmarie Del Vecchio and Prof. Liz Hajek
For this lunch discussion we encourage you to do a little background reading for insight into the challenges some of your students, classmates and colleagues may face.
Excepts from Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl can be downloaded here.
Chronicle of Higher Ed articles on students with mental health struggles and anxiety more generally.
A beloved internet cartoonist takes on depression in parts 1 and 2.
In addition to the readings, here are a few resources for students on campus:
This campus group has a lot of helpful resources:
Info/program about suicide prevention:
And CAPS, of course: