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AWG hosting two workshops at the AIPG Student Career Day in September!

This year, AWG will be leading two workshops for the Student Career Day in conjunction with the AIPG Annual Meeting. The AIPG meeting will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from September 23rd to September 26th. This is a great meeting to attend to network with professionals and learn more about the variety of careers you can work in with a degree in the earth sciences!

The Student Careers Day will be held on Saturday, September 23rd. AWG will host two workshops:

Workshop 1: Writing an Effective Resume or Curriculum Vitae for a Career in the Sciences

Workshop 2: Getting to Fair: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Decision-Making

The cost to participate in the Student Careers Day is only $15. In addition to our two workshops, AIPG will be hosting two geology career sessions in the afternoon, as well as a mentoring reception in the evening. You can find more information about the annual meeting as well as how to register here: http://aipg.org/annualmeeting.

We really hope that you will consider attending - if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office manager, Mona Scott, at office@awg.org. We hope to see you in September at the AIPG Annual Meeting!

AWG's New Code of Conduct Released!

The Association for Women Geoscientists has long sought and worked toward greater access for women to the geosciences. In the current social climate, the board of delegates decided to draft and adopt a Code of Conduct. As a professional organization, our goals are to encourage participation of women in the geosciences, enhance professional growth and advance of women in the geosciences, and exchange educational, technical, and professional information.  To do this effectively, the professional spaces in which we work must not tolerate harassment or discrimination, in any form. The Code of Conduct, which can be accessed under the About tab, includes definitions of and ramifications for harassment and discrimination within the organization. The policies and procedures outline the reporting process, should a violation of the Code of Conduct occur, as well as the investigative and disciplinary procedures. As an executive committee, we hope to foster equality for all members.  

Registration will open in June for the 2018 AWG Field Trip to Classic Geosites in England​!

The Welsh Borderland (June 29-July 6, 2018) and Southwest England (July 7-14, 2018)

Leaders: Geologists Chris Darmon and Colin Schofield, Geosupplies, Ltd.

Detailed trip information is available now on our field trip page!

Our trip for next year will be two back-to-back one-week trips to two areas of England (and a bit of Wales) important to the history of geology.  The first week will be in the Welsh Borderland, a classic geologic area where the lower Paleozoic rock succession was defined and originally mapped by some of the giants of British geology -- people like Murchison and Lapworth.  The range of rock ages exposed is huge, from Neoproterozoic to Triassic.  Because this is such an historically important area, we're scheduling a free day to tour the well-preserved medieval towns of Ludlow and/or Shrewsbury.  The second week will be in Southwest England, mainly Somerset, Dorset and Devon.  The age range of the rocks is narrower, from Devonian to Jurassic, but the coastal exposures are fabulous.  We'll spend a lot of time on beaches, including the Jurassic Coast Geopark and Lyme Regis, where Mary Anning collected fossils.

This trip is structured so that participants may choose to come for just one of the two weeks, but preference will be given to people who come for both weeks.  At this point, prices are very tentative, and will likely remain so until late winter of next year, mainly because of the uncertainty of future exchange rates.  The US dollar has been very strong the past few years, and the British pound has been unusually weak post-Brexit.  It's likely this balance will change in the coming year, and probably in a way that will make the trip more expensive for us, so the trip price won't be finalized until February of next year.  If the current exchange rate (1 USD = 0.8 GBP) miraculously holds, a deposit of (tentatively) $800 will be due by mid-September 2017, with a balance of (even more tentatively) $2400 due in mid-March 2018, for a total of $3200 for double occupancy.  There will be a limited number of single rooms available, tentatively for an additional $650.  (This is for both weeks, so halve all these numbers if you choose to participate for only one week).  The price will include lodging, meals, transportation during the trips via mini-bus, and transportation between the two trips for those attending both weeks.  The price will NOT include transportation to/from England, or transportation within England to/from the towns we'll be staying in (Ludlow and Taunton), both readily reached by train.

The trip minimum is 13 and the maximum is 15.  There will be a discount for up to 2 student members of AWG.  If we don't have 13 people registered for both trips by mid-September of this year, it's possible the trips won't run. If you're interested in attending or have questions, please contact Marcia Knadle at marciaAWG@aol.com


AWG's theme for 2016-17 is Supporting Women in Geoscience. There are thousands of women in the geosciences today, both students and professionals, who are looking for ways to enhance their experiences as a geoscientist! AWG provides financial support, professional development and leadership opportunities, and advocates on behalf of women geoscientists across the globe. Join or renew your 2016-17 membership today and help AWG SUPPORT you.

Download the AWG 2017 Renewal/Membership Form or click here to pay on-line using a credit/debit card or PayPal. Also, encourage your company or institution to get SUPPORT our cause and voice their support of geoscience diversity by using this form. If you would like AWG to contact your company or institution, need assistance, or have any questions, please contact the AWG office. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF AWG!

Awards and Scholarship applications are due soon! Check out these great opportunities and make sure you apply!

AWG Sand Student Research Presentation Award: This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. This travel award is named for Virginia (Ginny) Sand (1928-2007), an award-winning geoscience teacher and world traveler.The award is a $500 monetary award that can be used to help defray travel, lodging, registration fee, and other expenses associated with the presentation of the awardee’s research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

The competition deadline each year is August 10th. Visit our awards tab to learn more about the application process.

AWG Takken Student Research Presentation Award: This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. This travel award is named for Suzanne Takken (1925-1997), an avid traveler and strong supporter of women in geoscience. The award is a $500 monetary award that can be used to help defray travel, lodging, registration fee, and other expenses associated with the presentation of the awardee’s research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Two competition deadlines are held each year. The first deadline to apply is August 10th. Visit our awards tab to learn more about the application process.

AWG Professional Excellence Awards: The AWG Professional Excellence Award Nominations are due AUGUST 15TH! One award each is given to an amazing woman in government/regulatory, academia/research, and industry/private consulting. These awards also come with a $500 monetary award thanks to a generous sponsorship by Noble Energy - NOMINATE someone amazing that you know today! More information is attached and can be found at www.awg.org/awards

Continuing the conversation to change how we deal with sexual harassment in the sciences: A call for change!

 AWG recently co-sponsored an NSF funded workshop titled "Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond". In addition, current president Blair Schneider and former president Mary Anne Holmes served on the steering committee to bring this workshop to fruition. See the following press release here or at http://news.agu.org/press-release/scientific-societies-speak-out-against-sexual-harassment/.

AWG is pleased to announce their 2016 award winners!

The 2016 AWG award winners have been selected, please congratulate your colleagues if they are a recipient below! And don't forget to join us at the AWG Awards Ceremony breakfast at the annual GSA meeting in Denver this year to celebrate this year's winners. A full write up of each recipient will go out with the fall Gaea newsletter.

Encourage Award: Sandy Carlson
Exchange Award: Sue Finstick
Enhance Award: Barbara Tillotson

AWG President's Award: Erika MarÍn-Spiotta
Special Recognition Award: Billy Williams
Distinguished Service Award: Marcia Knadle
Chapter Excellence Award: Penn State Chapter

Outstanding Educator Award: Barbara Dutrow
Professional Excellence Award in Industry: Enkhtuya Chuluunbat
Professional Excllence Award in Government/Regulatory: Diane Moore
Professional Excellence Award in Academia/Research: Mary Anne Holmes

AWG mourns the loss of Dr. M. Lee Allison

Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, at noon after suffering a critical head injury from a fall at his home on Saturday. Dr. Allison was a great supporter of AWG, both nationally and with the local chapters.

Lee’s passing is a tragic loss for his wife, family, staff of the Arizona Geological Survey, the geologic and geoinformatics communities, and Lee’s broad circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances around the world. He was an incredibly dynamic leader of our agency, and a world-wide leader in many areas that were important to him. We mourn his passing, and will do our best to carry on his legacy.

There will not be a memorial service. Lee’s family has requested they not be contacted. Any messages of condolence can be addressed to AZGS team members who will pass them along to his family.

Lee's wife, Ann, suggested donations be made to the Association for Women Geoscientists/Salt Lake Chapter to honor Dr. Allison. If you would like to make a donation, you can either do so online or by check. If you would like to donate online, click on "Donate Now" in the top right corner of this page. This will take you to our online store where you will see the "Dr. M. Lee Allison Memorial Fund" as the first item. If you would like to send a check, please make sure to make the check payable to "AWG Foundation", and write Dr. M. Lee Allison Fund on the memo line. Checks can be sent to:

Kate Johnson
AWG Foundation Treasurer
652 Glimmerglen Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326


AWG Salt Lake Chapter
P.O. Box 58691
Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0691

If you are writing a check:
The checks must include the word "Foundation" in order to be tax deductible. If you donate $250 or more, you will receive a written acknowledgment according to IRS requirements. For those donations less than $250, your tax deduction can be declared without a receipt (a copy of your check or a record of information listed on your credit card will suffice for taxes purposes).

Check out our new AWG Member Highlight Blog!

AWG is starting up a new member highlight blog that you can find on our webpage as well as in our E-newsletter. Check it out each month to see the awesome things AWG members are doing. If you are interested in being featured, or know someone who should be, please email Mackenzie Cremeans.


Check out the Distinguished Lecturer page to see the 2015-16 list of accomplished women who can CONNECT your AWG Chapter or University with talks on research, technology, or leadership. For more details contact Laura Fakhrai.


AWG has three ways for employers to advertise with us. The first option is a post to jobweb. The second option is to post in our every other week enews letter. The last option is to post in our quarterly newsletter GAEA. The last two options go out full color and there are discounts for regular, corporate and institutional members. For more information about the advertising rates please go to the rates page http://awg.org/news/adeditor.htm. If you have questions contact us at: ads@awg.org . The office staff is Tuesday through Thursday so response may be delayed Friday through Monday.


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