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AWG Scholarships & Awards

AWG, through the support of our Foundation and esteemed donors, provides several awards and scholarships to deserving women across the globe. AWG’s first award, the Outstanding Educator Award, was established in 1988 to honor a well-established college or university teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of women geoscientists both within and outside the classroom. Since then, AWG and its associated chapters have added twenty new awards for both students and professionals that range from $250 to $2000! Most recently, AWG developed the AWG Professional Excellence Awards, which go to women who, throughout their careers, have made distinguished contributions. Click on the links below to learn more information about each award or scholarship and APPLY or NOMINATE someone deserving today!


Congratulations to the 2020 Professional Excellence Award Winners!


    

Anne Hofmeister                Laura Caprio Dwyer

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 AwardThe 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 MembershipThe 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 cirriculum vitae and at least six letters of recommendation from professional colleagues, former students, and current students (male or female).
 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 Chair of the AWG Outstanding Educator Award selection committee, Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, at oea@awg.org.

Mavis Kent Mid-Career Excellence AwardThe 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 ScholarshipThis 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 AwardThe 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 AwardThe 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 AwardThe 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. Application information for 2021 coming soon!
Jeanne Harris Chrysalis ScholarshipThe 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 AwardThis 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 Galapagos 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
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 (cis-gender 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.
Laramide Chapter ScholarshipA scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to one geoscience student identifying as a woman (cis-gender or transgender), gender fluid, and/or non-binary person to support their goal of pursuing a career in the geosciences. The intent is to provide the student with financial support and recognition that encourages that to continue their academic and professional development as a geoscientist, through research and networking with others in academia and industry.