ESWN Events at AGU 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 9.51.36 AMIf you are going to AGU, check out ESWN’s professional development workshops: Navigating the NSF System, Getting on the Tenure Track and Succeeding, and Opportunities Beyond Academia. ESWN is also involved in the workshop, Improving Your Success for AGU Honors: Tips, Tools, and Tactics. There will be an icebreaker on Monday at 6-8 PM and a networking reception for early-career women on Tuesday at 6-7 PM. All events are open to all and free! We hope to see you at AGU!

Improving Your Success for AGU Honors: Tips, Tools, and Tactics

10:00 – 11:30 AM, Monday, December 15

SF Intercontinental, Grand Ballroom, Open to All

AGU’s Honors and Recognition Committee, in partnership with ESWN (Earth Science Womens Network) and AGU volunteers, will host this inaugural workshop. The workshop is focused on discussing best practices for nominating or being nominated for AGU honors and will offer tools, tips, and tactics. The three topics of the workshop are: (1) how to increase diversity of nominations, (2) how to submit a successful nomination from the nominator’s perspective, and (3) what constitutes a good nomination package from a selection committee’s perspective. The workshop is open to all AGU members and stakeholders. It is part of a larger AGU effort to support all nominators and nominees and strengthen the long-term diversity of nominations and awardees of AGU’s honors and recognition program. Please join us for light snacks, drinks, and a healthy collaborative discussion with your colleagues!


AGU Ice Breaker

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, December 15

Moscone South, Hall C: Exhibit Hall, Open to All

An opportunity to meet colleagues and new friends during the first day of the sessions. Look for the ESWN sign to meet up!


Networking Reception for Early-Career Female Scientists and Students

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Tuesday, December 16

Westin Market Street, Metropolitan Ballroom 1&2

Network with your peers at this event made especially for early career female scientists and students. Created in partnership with the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) and the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), this reception will be hosted by Executive Director/CEO of AGU Chris McEntee, AGU President Carol Finn, and AGU President-elect Margaret Leinen. Tickets are free. Light refreshments will be served.


Navigating the NSF System

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 17th

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C2, Open to All

How do you make your proposal as NSF-savvy as possible? How do you best describe your broader impacts? What is cutting edge in data management? How do you identify the best program for application? How do you access available education and outreach funds? There are always new initiatives starting at NSF, beyond core programs. How do you identify and apply for these opportunities? How are initiatives different than core programs? How can you design effective integrated research? Answer these questions and meet in small groups with Program Officers, get to know what they are looking for, and learn how to ask the right questions, give the right answers, and get funded. This workshop is open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees and will be particularly helpful to early-career to midcareer participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time. Co-sponsored by the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education.

Facilitated by Meredith Hastings

Featuring NSF program officers from across the Geosciences Directorate


Getting on the Tenure Track and Succeeding

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, December 17th

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C2, Open to All

The tenure track can seem mysterious: a few crucial years where new professors build a research program, develop a teaching portfolio, and hope to be promoted. In this workshop, we aim to de-mystify the process, and share secrets to success. This workshop is geared towards assistant professors on the tenure-track now, as well as grad students and post-docs considering an academic career; all are invited. This workshop is possible through a partnership of the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education.

Moderated by Becca Barnes

Featured panelists:

Megan Anderson, Associate Professor, Colorado College

Maura Hahnenberger, Lecturer (tenure-track), Salt Lake Community College

Tara Hudiburg, Assistant Professor, Univ of Idaho

Maureen Long, Assistant Professor, Yale University

Caroline Masiello, Associate Professor, Rice University


Opportunities Beyond Academia 

3:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 17th

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate C2, Open to All

Thinking about a career outside of academia? It can often be difficult to get help finding a job in a non-profit or government agency, within industry, or as a consultant – after all your advisor is an academic and most likely doesn’t have “first-hand knowledge.” Maybe you want to stay in academia but are interested in working as a consultant or even starting your own business. This workshop will discuss practical skills for making the transition to successful post-graduate careers (yes, there is life after the MS/PhD!). A panel of scientists with experience outside of academia will share their “lessons learned” and answer your questions about how to find and apply for jobs in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise. Geared towards graduate students and post-docs who are considering options outside of academia, as well as faculty who are interested; all are invited. This workshop is a partnership between the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education.

Moderated by Erika Marin-Spiotta


Kate Dennis, Product Manager, Picarro, Inc.

Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Research Scientist, Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Mona Behl, Research Coordinator and Climate Science Specialist Texas Sea Grant College Program, Texas A&M University

Jessica Thompson, Senior Geologist at ConocoPhillips

Julia Rosen, Freelance journalist

Dena Vallano, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Fellow at US Environmental Protection Agency

Katherine Hoag, Environmental Scientist at US EPA

Meredith Kurpius, Chief Air Quality Analysis Office at US EPA