The Association for Women Geoscientists is a professional organization which promotes the professional development of its members, provides geoscience outreach to girls, and encourages women to become geoscientists. Membership is open to all who support AWG's goals. Members include professional women and men from industry, government, museums and academia, students from a cross-section of colleges and universities, retirees, and others interested in supporting the society's goals.
AWG was founded in San Francisco in 1977. The original purpose of the society was to provide encouragement to women in the geosciences, a career choice where they were largely underrepresented at the time. Today, the purpose remains the same, though some advances have been made, as AWG membership approaches 1200 students and scientists, reflecting the increasing participation of women in the geosciences. AWG is a 501(c)(6) mutual benefit corporation with local chapters in many cities and at-Large members throughout the U.S. and around the world.
The society provides and sponsors several programs that strive to achieve the goals of the society:
- The Association for Women Geoscientsts Distinguished Lecturer Program is a list of female geoscientists available to give talks or lectures on their areas of interest. List of speakers
- AWG Outstanding Educator Award
- GAEA bi-monthly newsletter
- Geology field trips
- AWG Home Page
- AWG San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
- AWG Lone Star Chapter
- AWG Puget Sound Chapter
- AWG Minnesota Chapter
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