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May 23, 2019

How to Avoid Getting Burnt Out

A common problem amongst undergraduate and graduate students today is finding ways to remain driven in the face of growing stress. By the time many students graduate, they may carry with them a lack of motivation that transcends into the workplace or future academic studies. With this in mind, it is important for students to find ways to avoid getting burnt out in order to remain inspired throughout their educational …

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May 14, 2019

Getting Ahead Online: AGU’s Virtual Poster Showcase

It is undeniable that conferences offer a plethora of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to network, learn, and receive crucial feedback on their research from peers and subject matter experts in their field. As exciting and beneficial as conferences are, some students miss out on these career-building opportunities. For this reason, AGU holds a Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) in which undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe can …

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May 13, 2019

Finding Jobs in the Government

Useful Resources for Finding Jobs in the Federal Government   While most geoscientists are employed in academia or industry, there are a significant number employed by the federal government. Employment with the federal government is in-between industry and academia in many ways – salary, benefits, academic freedom, and so on.  Many people don’t know what the federal government does, and have no idea what employment opportunities there are.  If you’re …

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May 8, 2019

Stop Talking and Listen

    Career arc: A citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, located on Cape Cod, MA., Thornbrugh’s life and work center around serving American Indian Tribal Nations.   Although he grew up outside of the Tribal community, his parents instilled in him a strong connection to its culture and values from an early age. While pursuing his doctorate in geography at the University of Arizona, Thornbrugh commuted an hour and …

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“Activist Engineering”

Career arc: Darshan Karwat loved rockets and space for as long as he can remember. After moving to the U.S. from India, Karwat earned both a BSE and PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While in school, he found himself asking questions about sustainability, social justice and the responsibilities of scientists and engineers in addressing big societal challenges like climate change. Some of those questions …

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“Under what circumstances does science help inform policy?”

Career arc: Susanne Moser has never constrained herself to just one field. During her training, she started out in physical geography, a field that incorporates “all flavors of geoscience, even humanities,” then moved into human geography, which gave her a great foundation for examining the million-dollar question: Under what circumstances does science help inform policy? She’s carried that question with her throughout her career, which has focused much on adaptation …

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“Science in Action”

Career arc: As an undergrad, Wilson studied atmospheric science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where she had an opportunity to participate in a research collaboration with Duke University. After graduating and getting a job at NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information (formerly the National Climatic Data Center), she kept in touch with the Principal Investigator from the Duke collaboration and eventually joined her lab for her graduate studies. …

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May 7, 2019

Ten Tips for Being a Good Partner

A true partnership is when joint decisions are the default, communication is a priority, and everyone is working for something bigger than themselves. Last month, I took a look at what it takes to be a good listener. Community science also depends on good partnership. But what exactly does it mean to be a good partner? How does a good a partner act and talk? Here are some tips I’ve …

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April 30, 2019

Spring 2019 Virtual Poster Showcase: Announcing the Winners!

The 2019 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase brought students from high school to graduate school, and from near and far! We had 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 work! …

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April 15, 2019

Polishing Your Profile

By Lisa M. Balbes These days, your LinkedIn profile is your professional public face.  Often, potential employers will look through your online profile to learn as much as they can about your background and interests, before they contact you.  If you don’t have an excellent profile with a compelling story, they may never call you – and you may never know why. If it’s been awhile since you updated your …

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