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Come see us at AGU in San Francisco!


Are you attending AGU this year? If so, we still need volunteers to help at the AWG booth! Please consider donating an hour or two of your time.
You can sign up for time slots here.

We will also have several events that are co-sponsored by AWG and ADVANCEGeo at AGU this year - so please come check them out! In addition, AGU has put together a great handout of all of the ethics, diversity and inclusion events at the meeting.

Sunday, 8 December 2019 from 7 am to 6 pm - Intercontinental Hotel, Room InterCon A L5 - AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop

Monday, 9 December 2019 from 6:30 to 8 pm - Moscone South, Centennial Central, Hall D - Diversity and Inclusion Reception

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 from 2 to 4 pm - Moscone South, LL Room 4 -
Strategies for Responding to Hostile Work Climates

AWG-PNW Scholarship for WA and OR Undergraduate Students -- Deadline Dec. 1


The Pacific NW Chapter is currently accepting applications for our Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship for women undergraduate geoscience students attending colleges and universities in Washington and Oregon.  The award is $1500 and the application deadline is December 1.  Please see the Awards page for links to the application instructions.

Save the dates for the AWG Northern California San Andreas Fault Geology Field Trip!

September 10-17, 2020

In cooperation with Williams GeoAdventures, AWG will hold a second field trip in 2020 as a follow up to our 2017 Central California Tectonics Field Trip. We will meet at Union Square in San Francisco on September 10 at 1:00 PM and end with a drop off at the San Francisco International Airport around 2:00 PM on September 17. We will stay four nights at the Marin Headlands Hostel Annex and three nights at the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station in Point Arena, and will generally be two to a room. There will be numerous field stops and short hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Point Reyes, and the Sonoma and Mendocino Coast. Transportation is by coach and driver.
The total price is $1900, which does not include most food or transportation to and from San Francisco. Aside from an included group welcome dinner, we will collect funds for groceries at the start of the trip and prepare breakfasts, pack a sack lunch, and prepare dinners at our hostel-style lodgings each day. There will be significant discounts available for two food coordinators, with preference given to student participants. Registration will start in mid-December with AWG and on January 6 with Williams GeoAdventures. Please watch AWG Email News and the Field Trips page for more details soon. If you have questions, please contact Marcia Knadle at marciaawg@aol.com.

Kansas Geological Survey Publishes Report on Women in State Geological Surveys

The KGS has recently published a study on how women geoscientists are faring at state geological surveys. The data was collected by the American Association of State Geologists (AASG) over the past decade and supplemented with an online survey of women geoscientists at the state geological surveys. Thanks to authors Susan Stover and Hayley C. Lanier for this important contribution!

Figure from the report: Areas of research and work (terms scaled to reflect the frequency of response).

To view the full report please click here!

AWG Establishes Mid-Career Excellence Award

The Association for Women Geoscientists has created the Mid-Year Excellence Award to honor Dr. Mavis D. Kent and her outstanding contributions to science and community.

Dr. Mavis D. Kent has attained remarkable accomplishments as a professional geologist and community leader. Aside from serving as one of the founding members of the AWG, Mavis was the first woman to serve as President of the Association of Engineering Geologists, to be on the State of Oregon Board of Registered Geologists, to receive the AEG Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer Award, to receive a PhD in Geology in the Engineering Geology program from Texas A&M University, and to Chair an AEG National Meeting.

In addition to these accomplishments, Mavis has served on boards and committees including the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council Board of Directors, the Parks Advisory Board for the City of Battle Ground, WashingtonBattle Ground Youth Soccer Board of Directors, and as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and community contributions. After retiring from the State of Oregon, Mavis has continued her career and formed a woman-owned environmental consulting business, Plateau Geosciences Group, where she currently serves as President. Aside from geosciences, her hobbies include creating prize-winning hand-sewn quilts and painting landscapes and portraiture in oils.


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 2019 membership today and help AWG SUPPORT you.

Click here to pay online using a credit/debit card or PayPal. Also, encourage your company or institution to SUPPORT our cause and geoscience diversity. 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!

AWG is pleased to announce its 2018 award winners!


Encourage Award: Carole Johnson
Exchange Award: Laurie Whitsell
Enhance Award: Mary Hill

AWG President's Award: Rula Deeb
Special Recognition Award: Noelia Carmona
Distinguished Service Award: Donna Jurdy
Chapter Excellence Award: Osage Chapter
Friend of AWG: Richard Behl

Outstanding Educator Award: Dr. Estella Atekwana
Professional Excellence Award in Industry: Jennifer Roberts
Professional Excellence Award in Government/Regulatory: Tumur Sainzaya
Professional Excellence Award in Academia/Research: Lynn Wingard

Brunton Award: Ellen Reat, Alejandra Angulo
Crawford Award: Judith Availa, Sarah Lapinski
Chrysalis Award: Bradi Gaer, Anna-Lena Deppenmeier, Alice Stagner
Winifred Goldring Award: Mikaela Pulsipher, Armita Manafzaden
Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology: Maggie Stephenson, Bryce Mcelvogue
Minority Award: Deanna Flors, Delian Color, Kierra Wilk, Bryttani Wooten
Virginia Sand Award: Abigail Axeness, Patiencce Bosompenzaa
Suzanne Takken: Kendall Valentine Cole, Tshering Lama Sherpa

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to our sponsors as well as everyone who attended the Awards Breakfast at GSA in Indianapolis! See you next year!

AWG, GSA, and ESWN Blog Series!


AWG has partnered with the GSA Geology and Society Division, the GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee, and the Earth Science Women's Network for the Pardee Session "Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity for Women in the Geosciences." As part of this session, a series of blogs will be posted on the GSA website. See below for links:

Blog 1: "A Special Place in Hell": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/08/29/a-special-place-in-hell/

Blog 2: "Don't Just Stand There - Do Something!": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/09/11/dont-just-stand-there-do-something/

Blog 3: "Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/09/24/dealing-with-the-imposter-syndrome/

Blog 4: "Moving Forward: Overcoming our Ideas about Disability in the Geosciences": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/08/moving-forward-overcoming-our-ideas-about-disability-in-the-geosciences/

Blog 5: "Social Identities and Success": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/23/social-identities-and-success/

Blog 6: "Sending Out the Bat Signal": https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2018/10/29/sending-out-the-bat-signal/


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