2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005)

Paper No. 2
Presentation Time: 1:50 PM


ANDERSON, Allyson K., ExxonMobil Exploration Company, 222 Benmar, Houston, TX 77060 and SCHEUING, Laurie, Quantitative Environmental Analysis LLC, 80 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY 12801, president@awg.org

Historically, women in the geosciences have been under-represented and underpaid. Many felt isolated professionally, overworked, and yearned for the support of others in the same quandary. Providing opportunities and support for women at all stages of their careers, the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) formed to encourage women geoscientists; to exchange educational, technical, and professional information; and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women geoscientists. While the work environment has changed dramatically in recent years, many of the same challenges persist for women of all ages and stages in their geoscientific career. Female geoscientists continue to be under-represented in academia, government, and industry alike- making AWG's goals as salient now as ever.

Providing opportunities and support for women at all stages of their careers, AWG is devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in the geosciences and to introducing girls and young women to geoscience careers. Members primarily include professional women and men in industry, government, and academia, students, retirees, and K-12 science educators.

To achieve its goals, AWG and its Foundation (AWGF) provide financial and advisory support for student's educational and networking programs for professionals, and outreach to young women. AWG awards several scholarships/awards annually to honor outstanding geoscience students and educators. Both students and professionals utilize free resume review service, conduct sponsored research at National Parks and academic institutions, and participate in AWG sponsored workshops and technical geologic field trips. Member research is also promoted through the ConocoPhillips Distinguished Lecturer series. Local chapters participate in K-12 outreach activities, Earth Science Week events, and much more. Regional mentoring programs match professional geoscientists with peers/students seeking career guidance. At the national level, AWG seeks to influence legislators on topics ranging from educational curricula to geologic hazard mitigation.

In short, AWG members provide mutual support, engage the public, and demonstrate the competence of women in science.