Welcome Early Career and Student Attendees

Fall Meeting at AGU is a great place to present your research and learn about new areas of science. It’s also an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network, learn about new career paths, interact with potential employers, and enhance your professional development.

At this year’s meeting, we encourage you to  participate in mentoring programs, spend time in AGU Pathfinder’s Career Center and Student Lounge, and attend career-related sessions and workshops. For students looking to receive feedback on their presentations, or attendees looking to provide feedback on presentations as volunteer judges, check out AGU’s Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA) program.

Whether you’re a student or early career attendee, Fall Meeting has an incredible array of programs to offer. Check out these Fall Meeting highlights for other great resources and opportunities:

Advancing your career
Centennial
Community science
Ethics diversity and inclusion
Presentation skills
Science communication
Science policy

 

Early Career and Student Events

Sunday, 9 December

Student and Early Career Scientist Conference*

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Grand Hyatt Hotel: Independence A West

AGU will host the 5th annual Student and Early Career Scientist Conference the day before Fall Meeting begins, Sunday, 9 December! This year’s conference theme is Building Bridges for Change: Science Communication from Peers to Policymakers. Learn more.

Regi-ception

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall A

Come for your badge, stay for the party! Music, drinks, and new connections make this the best registration you’ll ever experience. Beat the crowds and get your questions answered by AGU Staff.

Mentoring Program Welcome Reception*

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Renaissance

Monday, 10 December

Career planning and networking workshop for students

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Marriott Marquis: Georgetown Room

Interested in learning strategies and tips on how to network, and want to expand your professional connections right away? Get tips and strategies on networking and hear from experts who will share their advice and experience at this workshop.

Recruitment Q & A Panel

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Stop by and chat with AGU recruiting staff to receive insider advice on resumes, interviewing, and more.

Interviewing 101

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

So you made it to the interview stage of your job search? That’s great! But your work isn’t over yet in grabbing that exciting new job. Come learn the basics of interviewing with the AGU Pathfinder staff.

USAPECS Early Career Panel on Diversity and Inclusion in the Polar Sciences

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

This panel session will discuss: (1) the current challenges facing minority groups and women in our disciplines, such as barriers to entry for underrepresented groups, sexual harassment at work and in the field, and representation of indigenous knowledge in the polar sciences; (2) what we as individuals can do to bring these issues to the forefront of conversations in scientific organizations and universities; and (3) strategies to promote diversity and inclusion of underrepresented perspectives in the polar sciences. Panelists will offer perspectives based on their own experiences and questions will be taken from the audience. Presented by the The US Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS), in conjunction with the Permafrost Young Researchers Network, North America (PYRN-NA), and APECS Alpine Cryosphere.

Introduction to Careers in Academia

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

Most people are unaware of the many types of jobs available in academia.  Not every academic works in an ivory tower or a research-intensive institution. Join the AGU Pathfinder staff in this exploration of careers in academia.

Finding Your Fit

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

You have your degree, now what? With so many career options, how do you choose the right career path? Join the AGU Pathfinder staff and explore strategies and tools to help you identify the career path that’s the best fit for you.

Pop-Up Talks

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Pop-Up Talks are exciting sessions organized entirely by students and early career scientists. The goal is for students and early career scientists to give a five-minute “pop-up” talk about how their research impacts society, their vision of the future of geophysics, or their experience as a student of a particular continent, country, race, gender, etc. Abstracts for pop-up talks are now being reviewed. Learn more.

C.V.s 101

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Convention Center: Career Workshop Room

Learn the secrets of making your CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will be read and articulates your value to the organization. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your CV.

Advancing the career versus the science: how should scientific excellence be evaluated? College of Fellows Town Hall Session

6:15 PM 7:15 PM

Marriott Marquis: Independence D

The themes of ‘how should scientific excellence be evaluated’ and ‘advancing the career versus the science’ address long-standing issues that concern all scientists. For example, ‘publish or perish’ is still the norm, evaluations of scientific excellence, innovation, and productivity increasingly focus on easy to access metrics such as number of papers, number of citations, h-index, number of Nature/Science papers, etc., and are used widely in appointment-promotion discussions, even as their validity is questioned. Is this how it should be? Are there better ways? Join us for a panel discussion.

Student and Early-Career Scientist Mixer

6:00 PM –  8:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Come meet and network with others from the Earth and space science community at the Fall Meeting 2018 Student Mixer. Catch up with old friends over beers and make new ones while listening to great music. Located in the student lounge during the Icebreaker Reception.

Diversity and Inclusion Reception

7:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Convention Center: South Pre-Function Foyer (Level 3)

Help us celebrate all the aspects of diversity (race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, cultural identity, disability, or socioeconomic status) in the Earth and space sciences. Join us as we collectively celebrate our accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

AGU Pathfinder Career Center & Student Lounge

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E

The perfect place for student and early career scientists looking for professional development events or a place to recharge between sessions. Receive personalized resume advice, do a mock interview, attend career workshops and lectures, or play board and video games, it's up to you.

Tuesday, 11 December

Student Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Grand Hyatt: Independence Hall A East and West

Wake up bright and early to enjoy breakfast with AGU section leaders. All registered students are welcome to attend, but student seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet the scientists who wrote your textbooks and have blazed a trail before you!

Introduction to Careers in Industry

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Convention Center: Room 155

Last year, more than half of new Earth and space science grads ended up working in industry, but few of them were planning on it. Even fewer were aware of the possible jobs available.  Join the AGU Pathfinder staff in this exploration of careers in industry.

Recruitment Q & A Panel

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Stop by and chat with AGU recruiting staff to receive insider advice on resumes, interviewing, and more.

Coding Help Desk

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

The Coding Help Desk is a drop-in spot where anyone can come by to ask coding questions (any programming language) and learn skills to help them with their research. Today will begin with a 10-15 minute tutorial on Leaflet Maps in R. Provided by Hydrology Student Subcommittee (H3S).

Resumes 101

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

The AGU Pathfinder staff will help you understand how to create an effective resume, a key part of your application packet and your future success.  Join us for this informative webinar and get your pressing questions answered.

Data Visualization and Storytelling Presentations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E NASA Booth

Powerful visuals can often evoke excitement and emotion, driving a deeper level of engagement with the audience and the data and subject matter being presented. This event features the winning presentations from the Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition, showcasing powerful examples of visually-based storytelling from undergraduate and graduate research.

H3S Workshop: Outsmart Your Research with Contemporary Technology

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

Technology is changing fast, and so is the way we do research. Taking advantage of the latest apps, programs, and tools offer the opportunity to save your time to pursue new ideas. In this workshop, we talk about many of the new (and cool) tools which have made the life of researchers much easier, helped them stay organized, and help them present their work effectively. Join us to learn about the latest cloud resources, smart reference managers, version control tools, automation techniques, data backup resources, data visualization tools and much more!!

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reference management: Easiest ways to read, save, and cite articles
  2. Watch your back(up): Simplest cloud-based data backup methods
  3. Online footprint and social media for research
  4. Lock and load: Code-Automation of simple, repetitive tasks
  5. Version control: Latest tools for confusion-free version controls
  6. The art of plotting it right: Simple tricks for making those paper-ready plots.

Paths Through Science, Live!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

As an extension of the recently launched Paths Through Science blog seriesPaths Through Science Live! will showcase the wide range of careers that can be pursued within the Earth and space sciences. Each day of the event, a handful of mid to advanced-career scientists and professionals will give short presentations on what they do in their current positions, how they got to where they are now, and what advice they would give the next generation of Earth and space scientists. Speakers: TBA

Recruitment Networking Event

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Convention Center:  Hall D

Pop-Up Talks

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Pop-Up Talks are exciting sessions organized entirely by students and early career scientists. The goal is for students and early career scientists to give a five-minute “pop-up” talk about how their research impacts society, their vision of the future of geophysics, or their experience as a student of a particular continent, country, race, gender, etc. Abstracts for pop-up talks are now being reviewed. Learn more.

Interviewing 101

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

So you made it to the interview stage of your job search? That’s great! But your work isn’t over yet in grabbing that exciting new job. Come learn the basics of interviewing with the AGU Pathfinder staff.

AGU Pathfinder Career Center & Student Lounge

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E

The perfect place for student and early career scientists looking for professional development events or a place to recharge between sessions. Receive personalized resume advice, do a mock interview, attend career workshops and lectures, or play board and video games, it's up to you.

Wednesday 12, December

Navigating the NSF System

9:00 – 12:00 PM

Mariott Marquis: Georgetown Room

Finding Your Fit

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Convention Center: Room 155

You have your degree, now what? With so many career options, how do you choose the right career path? Join the AGU Pathfinder staff and explore strategies and tools to help you identify the career path that’s the best fit for you.

Coding Help Desk

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

The Coding Help Desk is a drop-in spot where anyone can come by to ask coding questions (any programming language) and learn skills to help them with their research. There will also be a 10-15 minute tutorial at the beginning of the held desk on a spacial data vis in R. Provided by Hydrology Student Subcommittee (H3S).

Introduction to Careers in Academia

11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Convention Center: Room 155

Most people are unaware of the many types of jobs available in academia.  Not every academic works in an ivory tower or a research-intensive institution. Join the AGU Pathfinder staff in this exploration of careers in academia.

Data Visualization and Storytelling Presentations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E NASA Booth

Powerful visuals can often evoke excitement and emotion, driving a deeper level of engagement with the audience and the data and subject matter being presented. This event features the winning presentations from the Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition, showcasing powerful examples of visually-based storytelling from undergraduate and graduate research.

C.V.s 101

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

Learn the secrets of making your CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will be read and articulates your value to the organization. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your CV.

Film Screening of “Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM Fields"

10:30 AM– 12:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

The film "Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM Fields", looks at various obstacles and impediments–structural, cultural, psychological, and institutional–that effectively limit the inclusion and participation of underrepresented people of color in STEM fields. The screening of this film will be followed by a panel discussion. Film by Kendall Moore, Department of Journalism, University of Rhode Island.

Strategies for Responding to Hostile Work Climates

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Marriott Marquis: Georgetown Room

Opportunities Beyond Academia

4:00 – 6:00

Marriott Marquis: Georgetown Room

Pop-Up Talks

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Pop-Up Talks are exciting sessions organized entirely by students and early career scientists. The goal is for students and early career scientists to give a five-minute “pop-up” talk about how their research impacts society, their vision of the future of geophysics, or their experience as a student of a particular continent, country, race, gender, etc. Abstracts for pop-up talks are now being reviewed. Learn more.

PA34A – Experiences and Career Opportunities in Science Policy and Diplomacy

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Marriott Marquis: Marquis 1-2

This session will present 12 talks from geoscientists who have worked in policy at the Federal, state and/or local government level. They will discuss their experiences, ways to get involved in policy and approaches to successfully navigate the intersection of science and policy. There are many opportunities for geoscience students and professionals to pursue policy interests through internships, fellowships, and careers in Washington, DC and elsewhere. If you are interested in the ways in which science can inform and relate to policy plus the possible roles for geoscientists in policy, please join us.

AGU Pathfinder Career Center & Student Lounge

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E

The perfect place for student and early career scientists looking for professional development events or a place to recharge between sessions. Receive personalized resume advice, do a mock interview, attend career workshops and lectures, or play board and video games, it's up to you.

Thursday, 13 December

Are you a passive or active bystander? Bystander Intervention Training

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Marriott Marquis: Georgetown Room

H3S Workshop: Identifying Representative Spatial Scales in Hydrologic Modeling

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Convention Center: Room 155

Scaling relationships that connect small scale hydrologic processes with larger scale emergent behavior has been far too elusive for the scientific community. This panel discussion brings together experts to discuss how we can better address such scaling relationships.

Coding Help Desk

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

The Coding Help Desk is a drop-in spot where anyone can come by to ask coding questions (any programming language) and learn skills to help them with their research. There will also be two 10-15 minute tutorials, the first on Git and the second on data management, given at the top of each hour. Provided by Hydrology Student Subcommittee (H3S).

How to Get the Mentorship You Need Workshop

10:20 AM – 12:20 AM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge Theater

Many scientists, regardless of rank, often state that their career advancement was due in part to effective mentoring and the role of mentors in their professional development. While some aspects of mentoring are still best served by formal mentoring relationships (i.e., a PhD committee advising the direction of a student’s research), a mentoring paradigm that empowers the mentee to actively expand his or her network and find the support needed is usually the best approach to meet individual needs. This event will explore the different types of support we all need and how to build your own mentoring network; thereby increasing personal and professional resiliency.

Introduction to Careers in Industry

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

Last year, more than half of new Earth and space science grads ended up working in industry, but few of them were planning on it. Even fewer were aware of the possible jobs available.  Join the AGU Pathfinder staff in this exploration of careers in industry.

Sustaining Cities Climate Action Social Innovations Through Education, Civic Engagement and Workforce Development

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marriott Marquis: Georgetown Room

Resumes 101

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

The AGU Pathfinder staff will help you understand how to create an effective resume, a key part of your application packet and your future success.  Join us for this informative webinar and get your pressing questions answered.

Paths Through Science, Live!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

As an extension of the recently launched Paths Through Science blog seriesPaths Through Science Live! will showcase the wide range of careers that can be pursued within the Earth and space sciences. Each day of the event, a handful of mid to advanced-career scientists and professionals will give short presentations on what they do in their current positions, how they got to where they are now, and what advice they would give the next generation of Earth and space scientists. Speakers: TBA

Recruitment Networking Event

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall D

Pop-Up Talks

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Convention Center Hall E: Career Center and Student Lounge

Pop-Up Talks are exciting sessions organized entirely by students and early career scientists. The goal is for students and early career scientists to give a five-minute “pop-up” talk about how their research impacts society, their vision of the future of geophysics, or their experience as a student of a particular continent, country, race, gender, etc. Abstracts for pop-up talks are now being reviewed. Learn more.

AGU Pathfinder Career Center & Student Lounge

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E

The perfect place for student and early career scientists looking for professional development events or a place to recharge between sessions. Receive personalized resume advice, do a mock interview, attend career workshops and lectures, or play board and video games, it's up to you.

Friday, 14 December

Recruitment Q & A Panel

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Convention Center: Career Center and Student Lounge

Stop by and chat with AGU recruiting staff to receive insider advice on resumes, interviewing, and more.

Finding Your Fit

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

You have your degree, now what? With so many career options, how do you choose the right career path? Join the AGU Pathfinder staff and explore strategies and tools to help you identify the career path that’s the best fit for you.

Interviewing 101

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Convention Center: Room 155

So you made it to the interview stage of your job search? That’s great! But your work isn’t over yet in grabbing that exciting new job. Come learn the basics of interviewing with the AGU Pathfinder staff.

AGU Pathfinder Career Center & Student Lounge

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Convention Center: Hall E

The perfect place for student and early career scientists looking for professional development events or a place to recharge between sessions. Receive personalized resume advice, do a mock interview, attend career workshops and lectures, or play board and video games, it's up to you.

Open Section Events

PS & SPA Early Career Event

Planetary Sciences & Space Physics and Aeronomy Joint Sections Early Career Night Mixer

Sunday, 9 December, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Lafayette Park & Farragut Square

Join notable scientists in planetary science and space physics at this mixer and find out about their careers in a variety of professional backgrounds (e.g., academics, industry, federal labs). Get a better understanding of what kinds of careers are available in planetary science and space physics and how to pursue them.

Geohealth & SIPS Joint Early Career Event

Geohealth & Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences Sections Joint Early Career Event:
Meet your (Mentoring) Match 

Monday, 10 December, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Science Policy: A Sharing Science Room

Speed mentoring event with seasoned industry professionals for graduate student and early career geoscientists interested in the health and societal connections of their work. Graduate student and early career geoscientists interested in the health and societal connections of their work are encouraged to participate in this speed mentoring event with established professionals in various career sectors and scientific disciplines.

CANCELLED-EPSP Early Career and Student Event

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Early Career and Student Event-CANCELLED

Monday, 10 December, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Constitution Level, Room E

If you’re a student or just started your career, connect with peers in your scientific field! You will also have the opportunity to meet notable scientific minds. Make friends and connections that will advance you through your scientific career.

GPE Early Career and Student Event

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism Early Career and Student Event

Monday, 10 December, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Constitution Level, Room D

If you’re a student or just started your career, connect with peers in your scientific field! You will also have the opportunity to meet notable scientific minds. Make friends and connections that will advance you through your scientific career.

SPA Early Career Event

Space Physics and Aeronomy Early Career Networking Luncheon

Thursday, 13 December, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Declaration Level, Room B

 A chance for early career people to be introduced to NASA, NSF, AGU, and other agency leadership, hear of recent early career initiatives, and have an informal mixer opportunity.

Biogeosciences, Geohealth, GEC, Hydrology, & SIPS Early Career and Student Event

Biogeosciences, Geohealth, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, & Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences Joint Sections Early Career and Student Event

Thursday, 13 December, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Rooms F, G, H & I

Interested in meeting other researchers outside your discipline, and want to explore future collaboration opportunities? This event is especially designed to promote networking across disciplines for students and early career scientists. You can hear stories of different panelists, explore volunteer and leadership opportunities and exchange ideas with colleagues while enjoying light refreshments.

NSG Early Career and Student Event

Near-Surface Geophysics Early Career and Student Event

Thursday, 13 December, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Wilson & Roosevelt

If you’re a student or just started your career, connect with peers in your scientific field! You will also have the opportunity to meet notable scientific minds. Make friends and connections that will advance you through your scientific career.

Tectonophysics Early Career and Student Event

Tectonophysics Early Career and Student Event

Thursday, 13 December, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Rooms D & E

This early career attendees and graduate students are invited to hear from established professionals from diverse career sectors. This open event will host an  one hour of moderated presentations, followed by informal discussion between the audience and speakers.

Cryosphere Early Career and Student Event

Cryosphere Innovative Flash Freeze Competition

Thursday, 13 December, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Rooms B & C

During the Cryosphere Innovative Flash Freeze event student competitors will present their idea and give a two-minute pitch of the idea to the Innovation Award Subcommittee. Applicants will be judged on their two-minute presentations by the creativity of the proposed innovative work, the feasibility of the proposed work, and the persuasiveness of the presentation. The Cryosphere section appointed Innovation Award Subcommittee will convene directly after the competition and select the winners of the mini-grant associated with the Innovation Award.

Seismology Student Event

Seismology Student Networking Event

Thursday, 13 December, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Penn Social - Far Side

Seismology section students: Want to catch up with friends in your field and maybe even make some new ones? Come join other seismology students on Thursday evening for some free drinks and food.

Ticketed Section Events*

MRP, PS, SEDI, & VGP Early Career and Student Event

*Tickets available here

Mineral and Rock Physics, Planetary Sciences, Study of the Earth Deep Interior, & Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology Joint Sections Early Career and Student Event

Monday, 10 December, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Ballroom West

If you’re a student or just started your career, connect with peers in your scientific field! You will also have the opportunity to meet notable scientific minds. Make friends and connections that will advance you through your scientific career.

Geodesy & Seismology Sections Early Career Event

*Tickets available here

Geodesy & Seismology Joint Sections Early Career Networking Luncheon

Thursday, 13 December, 12:30 - 1:40 pm
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence level, Rooms B, C, D, & E

If you are an early-career scientist, you're invited to join your fellow early-career peers and learn from senior scientists from a range of fields and sectors. The senior scientists will provide a short introduction and then meet with the tables to answer your questions about career and work/life balance and help you to gain perspective. Lunch will be provided. More details about how to sign up will be forthcoming. The event is sponsored by the AGU Seismology and Geodesy sections, along with IRIS and UNAVCO.

* To attend this event, please register for it in the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 registration portal.