October 30, 2020

Navigating an Academic Career: A Brief Guide for PhD Students, Postdocs and Early Career Faculty

Are you thinking about a career in academia, or navigating your way through the demands of your first few years in an academic job? Jeffrey McDonnell, AGU Fellow and Past President of the AGU Hydrology Section, recently pulled together some advice for people on the academic pathway in a short book. We asked him to share a few nuggets of advice from his book.


January 21, 2020

Planning And Conducting Field Campaigns Abroad – Tips And Tricks

Researchers shooting electrical resistivity ground images on West Sumatra

Planning and conducting field work campaigns in new study areas abroad can be challenging. In October 2019, we conducted an extensive field season in tropical West Sumatra within the framework of our project “The impact of precipitation changes on terrigenous sediment export to the Indian Ocean” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This is our research group’s first project in Indonesia. There are a lot of logistical needs to …


January 16, 2020

Mentors Have The Power To Shape Your Life: AGU Interns Share Their Experiences for Thank Your Mentor Month

Perri Silverhart and mentor Pat Manley

January is Thank Your Mentor Month and we wanted to highlight some of the personal mentorship experiences from two of our AGU interns, Christina Martinez and Perri Silverhart. Christina I was fortunate to meet my mentor this past June during SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience). I was on the verge of completing my undergraduate degree and she had just finished defending her PhD. I met Andy Crieghton when I …


December 20, 2019

Three Tips for Life After College

1. Monitor Your Finances It’s always a good time to start practicing fiscal responsibility. One way to do this is to monitor your monthly expenses and earnings using an Excel tracker. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, as there are many money-tracker templates available online. These templates have categories such as savings, earnings, and grocery bills to help you know precisely how you spend your money. Knowing your spending …


December 17, 2019

Working Towards Representation in Earth Science

Earth science is an exciting field that promotes daily discovery and understanding of our planet. Topics range from analyzing historic climate patterns to uncovering the secrets of predicting the next earthquake. Through this extensive web of research, Earth scientists have managed to cover every inch of this planet in fascination and intrigue that drives them to understand more of what surrounds us. With such a vast field that promotes and …


December 4, 2019

Fall 2019 Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS): Announcing the Winners!

The Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) is AGU’s twice-annual, virtual student research presentation competition. With the VPS online portal, students who are not able to attend in-person conferences can bring the benefits of a poster session right to their dorm rooms! Our Fall 2019 participants submitted abstracts, created and uploaded research posters, recorded 5-minute videos presenting their research, reviewed their peers’ posters, and responded to expert judge feedback. Presenters were able …


November 25, 2019

Tips for Selecting a Senior Thesis Adviser

Completing a senior thesis is a major part of the undergraduate experience. It’s a massive commitment, so deciding who you want to work with for an entire year can cause a lot of stress and uncertainty. There are many factors to consider in selecting an adviser, such as your areas of interest, compatibility with your adviser, and project management preferences. Before you commit to working with a professor for the duration of your senior …


November 12, 2019

Applying Webinar Tips to Lateral Skills: How Tips for Environmental Industry Writing Can Apply to Writing Resumes

Professionals and field insiders use webinars, which are accessible, online presentations, to share their knowledge on a specific topic. Webinars are an often-cost-free way to enhance your knowledge and supplement your academic courses or career development. And the knowledge shared in webinars is often applicable beyond the specific topic of the presentation. Last month, I attended AGI’s webinar, “Important Writing Skills for Careers in the Environmental Industry.” The speakers, Mike …


October 25, 2019

Career Path Feature: Active Tectonics and “Dirt Grade” Structural Geology with Christine Regalla

I was that kid who loved playing in the dirt. One summer when I was about 10, we had some construction done on our water well, and there was a pile of dirt in our yard from the excavation. That was the coolest pile of dirt. I would make mountains and watch the dirt collapse under its own weight. I would haul the hose over and make flowing torrential rivers …


October 21, 2019

First-Gen in STEM

The daily hustle and bustle of working in the lab and classroom is often enough to render anyone exhausted by the end of the day. For first-generation students, this lifestyle may just be the tip of the iceberg. Many first-gen students come from families whose daily financial struggles are all too real. On top of this, first-gen students do not have the built-in network to navigate new paths of adulthood …