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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!

Is there a woman geoscientist professor who made a difference in your life? Please take the time to honor her with a nomination!
The nomination process for the 2020 Association of Women Geoscientists “Outstanding Educator Award” is now open. 
 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.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2020.
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 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 oae@awg.org.

The AWG Professional Excellence Awards go to women who, throughout their careers, made distinguished contributions in the following three areas: government/regulatory; private industry/consulting; and academia/research.

This year our winners are Anne Hofmeister in academia/research and Laura Dwyer in government/regulatory. Thanks to a generous donation by 
Other Orb, each winner will receive a $500 monetary award and will be recognized at our annual AWG Awards Ceremony the week of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. This year the meeting will be virtual on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7pm US Eastern Time.

Anne Hofmeister

Laura Caprio Dwyer

Sand Award

This award has been canceled for this year because registation for GSA is now free for undergraduate and graduate students due to the virtual platform. 

Takken Award

This award has been temporarily modified as follows for the August 10, 2020 deadline. The $500 award to be used to help defray travel, lodging, and registration fee has been temporarily suspended due to meeting conversions to a virtual format. Instead, each applicant whose application ranks in the top ten will receive award funds of up to $100 to be used for the registration fee for the meeting.

Professional Awards

Student Awards

Chapter Awards

Past Recipients

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: Sainzaya Tumur
Professional Excellence Award in Government/Regulatory: Lynn Wingard
Professional Excellence Award in Academia/Research: Jennifer Roberts

Brunton Award: Ellen Reat, Alejandra Angulo
Crawford Award: Bryn Mawr, Mosher- UT Austin, Brown- UMass
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