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June 29, 2018

“Revitalizing” the Graduate STEM Experience

“Its an evolution, not a revolution,” said Dr. Alan Leshner, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, about the process of transforming graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the United States.   The committee, composed of sixteen additional members from a variety of disciplines within the STEM and higher education fields, publicly released a Consensus Study Report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century at the NASEM Headquarters on 29 May 2018, in Washington, D.C.   Having recently …

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June 28, 2018

Travel Funding 101: How to Apply for Funding to Attend the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting!

As a student or early-career professional, you’re probably on a tight budget, and attending a conference can present a significant financial burden. However, sharing your valuable contributions to science must go on! We at AGU are well aware of this conundrum, so every year we provide hundreds of travel grants to students to attend the largest gathering in the world of Earth and space scientists! There are several travel grants …

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June 26, 2018

The Interdisciplinary Scientist: Juan Declet-Barreto’s Career as a Geographer and Environmental Social Scientist

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Climate change isn’t just about melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It’s also about people. Learn more about how climate scientist, Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, is tackling the social, ecological, and human health dimensions of climate change by re-imagining the relationship between scientists and the communities they serve in our latest Paths Through Science. Juan Declet-Barreto, who grew up in Puerto Rico, began to notice the increased exposure to toxic substances …

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June 1, 2018

“The Government’s Best Kept Secret”: Dale Gump on his work with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Our latest Paths Through Science features Ensign Dale Gump. After seven years of active duty in the Navy, Ensign Dale Gump didn’t expect to pursue a career in science, but a budding interest in environmental science, along with the support of dedicated mentors, catapulted him into a career as a hydrographer in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.  According to Gump, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps program, commonly known as NOAA Corps, is one of the government’s best kept …

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May 25, 2018

Evaluating An Offer, Part I: Financial Considerations

Receiving a job offer is wonderful. Someone finally wants you!  Receiving an offer means the potential employer has evaluated their options and decided you are the best person to meet their current needs.  It’s tempting to say “yes” immediately, but that’s not always wise.  This article will detail some of the things you should consider before making your decision. First, make sure you have the offer detailed in writing.  You …

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May 23, 2018

Find Your Path This Summer With Paths Through Science

Recently, we highlighted three exceptional scientists from three different continents. Though their paths led them in different directions, their passion for science connects them. Drew Feustel, now an astronaut and currently aboard the International Space Station, was formerly a mechanic who first became interested in geosciences while attending community college near Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, he had to choose between science or automotive design, but ultimately followed his instinct and …

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May 14, 2018

Spring 2018 Virtual Poster Showcase: Announcing the Winners!

The 2018 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase brought students from high school to graduate school, and from near and far! We had 67 excellent presenters from countries around the world showcasing their hard work and contribution to the fields of earth and space science. Presenters were able to learn about their peers’ research while also strengthening and/or gaining new skills such as presenting, communicating, critically-thinking, and the ability to peer-review scientific …

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May 2, 2018

“Soooo…What are doing after you get your degree?”

If you are a student, chances are that you’ve heard that question at least a few dozen times throughout your studies, if not from professors (or family members), then from your fellow peers making small-talk, which usually end in sighs of relief after discovering they’re not the only ones with uncertain futures.   Navigating the path from student to happy, early-career professional seems difficult and paved with uncertainty and risk. Thankfully, …

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April 19, 2018

Breaking Out of the Analysis Loop

Decisions are hard.  Sometimes you have too much information, sometimes you have too little, and sometimes it conflicts.  It’s easy to get stuck in a loop – going through the same options over and over again, hoping something new will jump and make the right choice obvious. In the meantime, you are not moving forward.  When you find yourself the victim of “analysis paralysis”, try some of these techniques to …

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March 26, 2018

Phone Interviews 101: What to Know and How to Prepare

Editor’s note: we’ve gone over some basics for interviewing in Eos articles last year (Interviewing 101 and Interviewing 102) and our January webinar. Today, Erik Hankin does a deeper dive on phone interview tactics. Employers often use phone interviews to screen applicants and help narrow down the candidate pool. Phone interviews are also used to minimize expenses involved in interviewing out-of-town candidates. For remote positions, a phone interview may be …

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