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Congratulations to the 2021 Professional Excellence Award Winners!


                               Nicole Gasparini -         Jennifer Heldmann -             Debra Hanneman -                             
     Academia                        Government                     Industry/Consulting

Congratulations to the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award Winner!


Dr. Carol de Wet

Professional Awards

 
Award NameAward Description
AWG Professional Excellence Award

The AWG Professional Excellence Awards go to women who, throughout their careers, made distinguished contributions in the following three areas: government/regulatory; industry/consulting; and academia/research. Nominations will be solicited from the AWG membership at large. Nominees need not be members of AWG, and those without memberships will receive a one-year professional membership with their award.

Nominations are due June 15th each year.

Distinguished Service Award
The AWG Distinguished Service award is given to AWG members for exemplary service to AWG. Awardees are selected by the AWG Executive Committee and Board of Directors each year.
 
Honorary Membership
The AWG Honorary Membership is a lifetime membership given to AWG members for exemplary service to AWG. Awardees are selected by the AWG Executive Committee and Board of Directors each year.
 
Outstanding Educator Award

The Association for Women Geoscientists established the Outstanding Educator Award in 1988 to honor well-established women college or university teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of geoscientists within and beyond the classroom, in advancing the persistence of females and underrepresented minorities in geoscience careers, and in raising the profile of the geosciences by teaching to and for the broadest audience of students.

Nominations are due April 1st each year.

The committee will review nominations for women educators with at least 20 years of service to the international geoscience community who have made outstanding contributions in at least two of the three categories of mentoring, instruction and curriculum, and outreach. Nominations must include a current curriculum vitae and at least six letters of recommendation from professional colleagues, former students, and current students.

Nomination materials are encouraged to directly address the review criteria (available online at https://bit.ly/30xIec9). Compile all documents in one PDF file and email your nomination as an attachment to the Chair of the AWG Outstanding Educator Award selection committee, Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, at oea@awg.org.

Mavis Kent Mid-Career Excellence Award
The AWG Mavis Kent Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of significant contributions to the Earth and space sciences by an outstanding mid-career woman scientist. Each honoree will be evaluated in the following two areas: Scientific Excellence and Impact and Distinguished Service and Broader Impact. These areas demonstrate a balance between professional Earth or space science careers, and outstanding service to their communities.

Nominations are due August 20th of each year.
 






























Student Awards

 
Award NameAward Description
AWG Maria Crawford Field Camp Scholarship
This program encourages promising young women who pursue geoscience careers through attendance at field camp. Two $750 scholarships are awarded annually through a competitive process. The applicant must be a full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education) at an accredited college or university AND must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application deadline is February 14th each year.

 
Geoscience IDEA Scholarship
 
(Formerly the AWG Minority Scholarship)

The Geoscience Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship program encourages women from under-served communities to pursue an education and career in the Geosciences, or Earth Sciences. The scholarship provides up to $5000 in awards, annually, typically split between two or more undergraduate students, and matches them with AWG mentors to enhance their careers. It also includes a one-year, sponsored, AWG student membership.

Completed application materials are due June 30th each year. 
 
AWG Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award
The Association for Women Geoscientists is pleased to announce the AWG Undergraduate Paleontology Award. The award, which consists of a $1000 cash prize and membership in the Paleontological Society and AWG for the tenure of the awardee’s schooling, will be presented to one outstanding female undergraduate students pursuing a career in paleontology. This award was made possible by the generous donations of Drs. David Watkins and Mary Anne Holmes and the Paleontological Society.

Applications are due April 15th each year.

Applications can be downloaded here: Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Application
 
Winifred Goldring Award
The Association for Women Geoscientists is pleased to announce the Winifred Goldring Award competition. The award, which consists of a $2000 cash prize and membership in the Paleontological Society and AWG for tenure of the awardee’s schooling, will be presented to three outstanding female graduate students pursuing a career in paleontology. The award is named for Winifred Goldring, a pioneering woman paleontologist, who became State Paleontologist of New York State in 1939 and the first female president of the Paleontological Society in 1949. This award was made possible by the generous donations of Drs. David Watkins and Mary Anne Holmes and the Paleontological Society.

Applications are due April 30th of each year.

Applications can be downloaded here: Winifred Goldring Award Application
Brunton Award
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.

Applications due December 15, 2021.

Download application here: Brunton Award Application
 
Jeanne Harris Chrysalis Scholarship
The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. Awarded funds are intended to cover costs associated with completion of her thesis/dissertation, beyond what is traditionally covered by primary research funding. Costs may include drafting expenses, child-care, defense travel, late-stage research and analyses, or anything necessary to assist a candidate during those critical, final days.
 
Sand Student Research Presentation Travel 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. Ginny graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in geology, and she spent three decades teaching geoscience at Kent State University after obtaining her MA. Her many activities supporting AWG included serving as editor of Gaea (1988-1991). Her travel destinations ranged from the Galápagos Islands to Iceland and, at the age of 76, including a journey to Antarctica. The award is to 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. Two awards will be made each year for $500 each.

Applications are due August 10th each year.

Applications can be downloaded here: Sand Student Research Presentation Travel Award Application
 
Takken Student Research Presentation Travel Award
This travel award is named for Suzanne Takken (1925–1997), an avid traveler and strong supporter of women in geoscience. Suzanne spent a long career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as a petroleum geologist for a major petroleum corporation and as a consulting geologist after her retirement. She served terms as president of AWG (1989–1990) and director of the AWG Foundation (1996–1997) and was awarded the AWG Distinguished Service Award in 1993. She especially enjoyed traveling to countries in Asia and the Pacific region. The award is to 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.

First round applications are due February 10th and second round applications are due August 10th each year.

Applications can be downloaded here: Takken Student Research Presentation Travel Award Application
 
Laramide
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Scholarship

A scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to one geoscience student identifying as (1) a woman (cisgender or transgender), gender fluid, and/or non-binary person and as (2) a member of a historically underrepresented minority in the geosciences. The intent is to provide the student with financial support and recognition that encourages them to continue their academic and professional development as a geoscientist, through research and networking with others in academia and industry.
 
Pacific NW Tanaka ScholarshipThe AWG Pacific Northwest Chapter's Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship is awarded each winter in the amount of $1500 to one undergraduate geoscience student identifying as (1) a woman (cisgender or transgender), gender fluid, and/or non-binary person. 

Applications are due December 30.  For more information, go to www.awgpnw.org/about/.