ESWN Workshops at AGU 2015

The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) is hosting two professional development workshops at the AGU Fall Meeting in 2015: Navigating the NSF System and Opportunities Beyond Academia. ESWN has been leading professional networking activities at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco since 2006. ESWN works to amplify the benefits of AGU, especially for women and early-career scientists. We structure effective and meaningful opportunities for networking, engagement, and learning, and we have become a major partner with AGU in their early-career and diversity activities since 2010. Both workshops below are FREE and open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees through a partnership of the Earth Science Women’s Network and AGU Education. We hope to see you at ESWN’s professional development workshops or at some of our other events during the Fall Meeting!


Navigating the NSF System

Wednesday, December 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A

This workshop is designed to provide information for creating effective submissions to NSF, learning more about new initiatives as well as early career specific options, and connecting directly with NSF program officers. The typical schedule is listed below. This workshop is open to everyone, and please come and go as you need.

0900 – 0915: Introduction and Welcome

0915 – 1020: What constitutes an effective review? 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 an application? How do you access available education and outreach funds?

1020 – 1100: What new initiatives have been launched at NSF recently? How are initiatives different than core programs? How can you design effective integrated research? What option are available for early career scientists specifically and what are the criteria? (e.g., post-doctoral fellowships, AAAS fellowships and CAREER awards)

1100 – 1200: 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. A list of program officers who plan to attend will be made available as soon as possible (likely very close to the meeting time as federal employees will not know if they can travel until we have a new, committed federal budget!).


Opportunities Beyond Academia

San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A

Wednesday, December 16, 4:15 – 6:15 PM

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.

Confirmed Panelists

Dr. Kate Hibbert, Publisher at Elsevier

Dr. Alicia Newton, Senior Editor at Nature Geoscience

Dr. LaToya Myles, Lead Research Physical Scientist at NOAA/ARL/ATDD

Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at ESRI

Dr. Vanessa Bailey, Deputy Division Director at Pacific Northwest National Lab

Dr. Benét Duncan, Associate Scientist at California Ocean Science Trust

Dr. Mona Behl, Director at Georgia Sea Grant College Program

Carolyn Wilson, Geoscience Workforce Analyst, American Geosciences Institute

Dr. Sarah Barrett, Earthquake Specialist, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation


Thank you to the generous sponsors of ESWN’s activities at AGU!

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