GeoScienceWomen.org

Promoting Geoscience Research, Education & Success

Graduation Congratulations!

Congratulations to our recent PROGRESS graduates! The state of geoscience employment is looking very positive, with a 10-14% forecast growth between 2016-2026. The American Geosciences Institute recently released its report on the “Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017” that can be viewed here.

Geoscience Workforce Infographic

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) developed this infographic to help students entering the workforce redefine what it means to have a career in geoscience. Having a successful geoscience career is not solely about mastering the technical fields of study, but additionally includes how students seamlessly integrate their interests and competencies to build a professional portfolio that will bolster their geoscience career. Recognizing the importance of emphasizing the transferability of skills across different fields is imperative to students’ employability as geoscientists. This image is not meant to be definitive, but used as a tool to help those entering the workforce think outside the box. The colored rings signify the different sectors where geoscientists work. The wedges, in turn, represent the fields where geoscientists are employed and include different examples of occupations. Where the wedges intersect with the rings indicate that those fields are included in those sectors. To learn about workforce trends in the geosciences, check out the AGI Geoscience Currents!

About PROGRESS Program

Women continue to be largely under-represented in the geosciences. Female role models and mentors can play an important role in the lives of female students, especially when choosing and committing to a career path. The PROGRESS (PROmoting Geoscience, Research, Education and SuccesS) Program aims to recruit and mentor STEM undergraduate women into the Earth and Environmental Sciences through a combination of formal and informal, professional and peer mentoring. For this program we recruit first-year college women interested in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (from any STEM major) from institutions in two geographic regions: the Colorado/Wyoming Front Range and the Carolinas. Women involved with this program:

  1. learn more about careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. meet peers with similar academic interests
  3. gain better self-awareness of their values, strengths, and liabilities for a career in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
  4. expand their psychological, social and institutional resources for a career in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Program participants have access to peer mentoring and resources through this web platform. They are also able to interact with each other in discussion forums via private social media groups. In addition, participants are matched with a local, in-person female role model (mentor) and are invited to regularly scheduled group networking events near their home institution. If you happen to need more professional help with scientific projects, do not hesitate to approach a trusted research paper writing service. After all, your academic progress is what matters most. That is why online sources like CustomWritings are there for college and university students. Trained writers will guide you through the process.

The program involves partnership among five universities in the CO/WY Front Range (Colorado State University, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Wyoming, Colorado College, and Metro State University) and four universities in the Carolinas (University of North Carolina – Charlotte, University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University). The Front Range leadership team for the study is located at Colorado State University, and is spearheaded by Dr. Emily Fischer, an Assistant Professor in the CSU Atmospheric Science Department. The Carolinas team is located at University of North Carolina Charlotte, and is lead by Dr. Sandra Clinton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant #: DUE-1431795).

How you can get involved

If you would like to be a mentor for this program, please contact Ilana Pollack. Mentors of all ages, background, career stages and Geoscience disciplines are welcome. Mentors can be graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, faculty and staff. Time commitment includes meeting with your mentee (in person or via social media) a few times a semester and being available for occasional electronic communications.

Meet a Scientist

Dr. Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine

Emily Saunders, Graduate Student, Atmospheric Chemistry

Sarah A. Spaulding, Aquatic Ecologist with the US Geological Survey

Michelle Newcomer, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

Dr. Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative, Univ of Minnesota

Dr. Corinne Wong, Assistant Professor, Environmental Isotope Geochemistry, Boston College

Dr. Danica Lombardozzi, Project Scientist in Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions

Dr. Deanna Hence, Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Sciences, Univ of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign