Upcoming Webinars in Professional Development

Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Fred Schroeder, Ph.D., Consultant, Seismic Interpretation Training & Application; Maryevalyn Wren, Geoscience Technician, ExxonMobil

The Geological Society of America (GSA), American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, the Society of Exploration Geophysics, and the GSA Energy Geology Division will be hosting a webinar entitled Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry. This webinar will provide a high level overview of what a geoscientist in the petroleum industry does. Advice will be given on the hiring processes and key skills and characteristics that recruiters are looking for in candidates.

Past Webinars in Professional Development

Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Terry Briggs, General Manager and Elaine Lord, Intern

The Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Society of Economic Geology will be hosting a webinar entitled Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry.  This webinar will feature two presenters from Newmont Goldcorp who will provide perspectives of a senior project manager and a student near graduation on what a geologist does in this important sector and what it takes to work within this industry.
Two women standing in front of AGU sign

Student Funding Opportunities for Fall Meeting

Thursday, 25 July 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Did you know that AGU provides financial assistance for students to attend Fall Meeting? In this webinar, learn about AGU’s travel grant programs designed to help students attend Fall Meeting, pick up tips for completing the application process and hear how previous travel grant recipients found additional financial resources to cover their costs.

Polishing Your Writing Skills for State Government Agency Careers

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Steve Holbrook and David Spears

In this free Geoscience Online Learning Initiative webinar, Steve Holbrook from Virginia Tech and David Spears from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy will provide insight into the professional and technical writing skills that are needed by geoscience students pursuing careers in state government agencies. They will discuss skills that are developed during students’ undergraduate and graduate academic training, types of written products that are developed by geoscientists in state agencies, training and professional development opportunities for improving and expanding writing skills, and advice for students on how to acquire the needed writing skills as they prepare for and pursue their career path.

Exploring a Career in the Paleontology Field

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 1pm–2pm ET

ReBecca Hunt-Foster is the Monument Paleontologist and Museum Curator at Dinosaur National Monument and Mathew Carson is a Senior Paleontologist at Paleo Solutions, Inc.

The Geological Society of America (GSA), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Geophysical Union (AGU), GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) will be hosting a webinar which will feature two presenters representing mitigation and federal paleontology careers. Speakers will provide information on the typical daily activities, how to prepare for a career in this field (including curriculum, resume, and interview tips), common career trajectories of the profession, and where to find these career opportunities.

AGU/AGI Heads & Chairs Webinars: Preventing Bullying and Harassment in the Field

Friday, 19 April 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Erika Marin Spiotta

An open conversation and discussion about best approaches to dealing with the unique issues of harassment in the field. Discussion will be lead by Erika Marin Spiotta, University of Wisconsin and the GeoADVANCE team.

AGU/AGI Heads & Chairs Webinars: Implementing Effective Field Safety Policies

Friday, 5 April 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Jinny Sisson, Alex Robinson, and John Weber

A webinar and discussion focused on current best practices related to safety procedures for geoscience field trips as well as field camps.  Discussion will be lead by Jinny Sisson, University of Houston; Alex Robinson, University of Houston; and John Weber, Grand Valley State University.

AGU's New Ethics and Equity Center

Thursday, 28 March 2019 2pm–3pm ET

Billy Williams

Learn all about the Center and how you can utilize its resources to help advance your work and foster a positive work climate in science. In this webinar, AGU Vice President of Ethics, Billy Williams, will provide an overview and answer questions about AGU’s new Ethics and Equity Center. Learn more about the Center’s resources including how to request an ethics and equity workshop; the free legal consultation available to students, postdocs, and untenured faculty members; new leading practices resources; campus and departmental work-climate assessment tools and more.

Telling your Geoscience Story with Story Maps

Thursday, 14 March 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Joseph Kerski, PhD, GISP, Education Manager, Esri

This webinar will explain that: 1. Story Maps are easy to create but powerful tools to communicate science. 2. Story Maps are tied to modern GIS - analytics and data. But one does not need to be a GIS expert to use and create story maps. 3. Story Maps can be used to address local to global issues in 2D and 3D. This webinar is great for any geoscientist who: 1. needs to communicate about their own research results, or hypothesis, or issue to their own organization, to a specific group, or to the general public 2. is examining the “where” question and therefore has a need to show at least some of their research and data on maps.

Exploring a Career in the Environmental Industry

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 1pm–2pm ET

Brandy Barnes

Brandy Barnes will provide students and early career professionals with insights on preparing for a career in the environmental industries. This webinar is being jointly hosted by  the American Geosciences Institute, AGU, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Geological Society of America.  Please click here if you registered for the webinar and would like to watch the recording.

NSF/UNOLS/AGU Early Career Scientist Training Series #4: Science Communication at Sea

Friday, 2 November 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Effective outreach at sea benefits from an understanding of basic communications techniques and best-practices, as well as an awareness of the unique challenges inherent in working from a ship. Limited bandwidth, limited time, and limited tools are just a few things to contend with once you've left shore, but the benefits of providing audiences with a behind-the-scenes, near real-time view of oceanographic field research and life at sea can help you burn through the static filling news feeds and reach new people. We'll take a look at some of the reasons why you should make the effort, some of the many ways to conduct outreach at sea, tips and tools that will help you accomplish your goals, and ways to avoid common pitfalls. Ken Kostel is the Director of Research Communications at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has conducted outreach on more than one dozen research cruises.

NSF/UNOLS/AGU Early Career Scientist Training Series #3: Life and Safety at Sea

Friday, 26 October 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Jon Alberts, University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System

Photo of webinar presenter, Eileen T. O'Grady.

Defining Balance in Your Research, Studies, and Life

Thursday, 11 October 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Dr. Eileen O'Grady

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you have too much on your plate ALL the time? Join Dr. Eileen O'Grady as she teaches the key elements of positive psychology, emotional intelligence , what to say Yes and NO to, why your friends matter, and how to cultivate bedrock behaviors.

NSF/UNOLS/AGU Early Career Scientist Training Series #2: National Deep Submergence Facility Overview

Friday, 5 October 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Dr. Adam Soule

The webinar will introduce the participants to the National Deep Submergence Facilities vehicles (HOV Alvin, ROV Jason, and AUV Sentry) and describe their operational capabilities. The potential for the vehicles, on their own or in tandem, to achieve a range of cross-disciplinary science goals will be discussed.

Balancing Design and Content in Scientific Posters and Figures

Thursday, 20 September 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Amisha Gadani

Making an effective and engaging scientific poster is just as much about design and aesthetics as it is about the research. Join us as we take a deep-dive into scientific poster design aesthetics and data visualization with science illustrator Amisha Gadani.

NSF/UNOLS/AGU Early Career Scientist Training Series #1: EPR 9-10°N Science Summary

Friday, 14 September 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Dan Fornari, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Michael Perfit, University of Florida

Articles and handouts associated with this webinar can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hm9kxjwpx5fv0ne/AAA_THXdlkHIa0yK8vMg6wlMa?dl=0

Amplify Your Science by Crafting a Plain-Language Abstract

Thursday, 30 August 2018 2pm–3pm ET

A plain-language abstract is an incredibly effective science communication tool because it allows researchers to reach a wider audience by summarizing papers in terms that are accessible to people outside of a specific scientific circle. In this webinar, learn how to identify your audience, reduce jargon, determine what key points to hit, & more!
Photo of webinar presenter, Eileen T. O'Grady.

Become the CEO of your own Dissertation

Thursday, 16 August 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Eileen T. O'Grady

Writing a dissertation is a herculean task that requires a great deal of focus, energy, and time. But, with strategic planning and thoughtful self-reflection, the experience can be a valuable opportunity for professional and personal growth. Join us as certified nurse practitioner and wellness coach, Eileen T. O’Grady, Ph.D., shares an evidence-based approach to help you through the dissertation, and life after the defense.

Changing Gears, Changing Lanes: Navigating change in and out of the workplace

Thursday, 14 June 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Lisa Balbes, Nathaniel Janick

Lisa Balbes and Nathaniel Janick will discuss strategies for managing change in your workplace.

Data Management Fundamentals

Thursday, 17 May 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Shelley Stall, Director of Data Programs, AGU

What is data management and why should it matter to you? Presented by Shelley Stall, Director of Data Programs at AGU, this webinar will explore available resources and techniques we can use in our work and publications to make data more discoverable and understandable.

Finding Your Fit: Making Sense of Your Career Options

Thursday, 3 May 2018 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell

You have your degree, now what? With so many career options, how do you choose the right career path? Join David Harwell, Director of Talent Pool at AGU, as he explores strategies and tools to help you identify the career path that’s the best fit for you.

Introduction to Careers in Industry

Thursday, 19 April 2018 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell

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 David Harwell, Director of Talent Pool at AGU, in this exploration of careers in industry.

Navigating the Federal Job Search Process

Thursday, 22 March 2018 2pm–3pm ET

Janice Lachance

Have you ever wondered about how the government hiring process works? Janice Lachance, AGU's Executive Vice President of Strategic & Organizational Excellence, served as the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) during the Clinton Administration, a cabinet level position at that time. In this webinar, she will share with you her advice for navigating the federal government hiring process and answer any questions you might have. Students and early career scientists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about their career options.

Introduction to Careers in Academia

Thursday, 22 February 2018 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell

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.  We’ll explore the possibilities in this quick tour of higher education employment. Join the AGU Pathfinder staff in this exploration of careers in academia.

Interviewing 101

Thursday, 18 January 2018 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell

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 David Harwell, AGU Director of Talent Pool.

Building Successful Mentoring Relationships As A Mentor

Thursday, 16 November 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Donna Charlevoix and Aisha Morris, UNAVCO

Join Donna Charlevoix and Aisha Morris of UNAVCO as they discuss ways to give the most to your proteges and mentees.  The preceding week will feature advice for those in mentee roles.

Get The Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationships: Be An Engaged Mentee

Thursday, 9 November 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Donna Charlevoix and Aisha Morris, UNAVCO

Join Donna Charlevoix and Aisha Morris of UNAVCO as they discuss ways to get the most out of your interactions with a mentor.   The following week will feature advice for those in mentor roles.

Useful Links for Mentoring Programs

Mentoring 365 (AGU, SEG and AWG partnership) On to the Future (Geological Society of America) ESWN (Earth Science Women's Network) American Meteorological Society Private Sector Mentorship

Tips for a Successful Manuscript Submission (in Mandarin Chinese)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 7am–8am ET

JGR: Atmospheres Editor in Chief, Minghua Zhang and JGR: Space Physics Editor, Yuming Wang

Want to learn how to successfully and efficiently get from the manuscript writing process to a published article in a peer-reviewed journal? Attend this webinar given by JGR: Atmospheres Editor in Chief, Minghua Zhang and JGR: Space Physics Editor, Yuming Wang.

Resumes 101: Building a resume that will catch their eye

Thursday, 19 October 2017 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell

David Harwell, Director of Talent Pool at AGU, 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.

Creating Figures For Scientific Posters

Thursday, 12 October 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Ashley Smith, American Journal Experts

Whether you are presenting a poster at Fall Meeting, the Fall Virtual Poster Showcase, or another meeting, our guest presenter Ashley Smith, from the American Journal Experts, will provide you with the tips you need to create effective figures for your presentation. Join us on 12 October for this informative webinar.

Tips for a Successful Manuscript Submission

Thursday, 5 October 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Robert Pincus

Want to learn how to successfully and efficiently get from the manuscript writing process to a published article in a peer-reviewed journal? Attend this webinar given by Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) Editor in chief Robert Pincus for advice.

How to Write Effective Reviews (and Improve Your Own Manuscript)

Thursday, 28 September 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Gabriel Fillipelli

Learning how to write effective reviews not only helps you as a peer reviewer. It can also help you understand how to improve your own manuscript and respond to reviewer comments. Join GeoHealth Editor in Chief Gabriel M. Fillippelli as he discusses what it takes to be a reviewer.

Back to Work: Restarting Your Career in the Sciences After Caregiving

Thursday, 14 September 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Tami Forman, Path Forward

Special guest Tami Forman, Executive Director of Path Forward, will talk about the challenges of re-entering the work force. Though she will be paying special attention to those looking to get back on their career path, her advice will ring true for new beginners as well.

Networking In Person and Online

Thursday, 17 August 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Lisa Balbes

Lisa Balbes will discuss some tips for making your conference conversations turn into lasting collaborations.  We will also discuss how to more effectively use your LinkedIn profile and how the new AGU Connect can be used as a powerful networking tool.

Professional Etiquette: Do's & Don't's

Thursday, 20 July 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Patricia Simpson, Game Changing Etiquette

Whether or not you notice it, your workplace demeanor can play a big part of your career.  Learn how to let it make a positive impact with special guest Patricia Simpson of Game Changing Etiquette.

Finding Your Fit: Making sense of your career options

Thursday, 22 June 2017 2pm–3pm ET

David Harwell, Director of Talent Pool, AGU

Just as there are many kinds of outfits, there are many career options, but they won't all fit you equally well.  Join us on 22 June, at 2PM ET, as we discuss strategies to figuring out identifying the career path that makes the most sense for you.

Plainspoken Science

Thursday, 8 June 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Want to make your research clear to anyone? This webinar will give you guidelines and insight on how to reduce or eliminate jargon, identify your essential points, and tell others about them in a clear and memorable way. Conducted by Jana Goldman of Press Here.

Getting to Yes: Learning to Negotiate More Effectively

Thursday, 18 May 2017 2pm–3pm ET

This webinar will provide you with the tips and skills you need to negotiate more effectively.

Making the Most Out of Summer Opportunities in the Earth and Space Sciences

Thursday, 20 April 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Rebecca Haacker, NCAR/UCAR; Valeria Sloan, NCAR/UCAR

Rebecca Haacker and Valerie Sloan from NCAR/UCAR will discuss how to make optimize your summer work experience. Whether you'll be in the field doing research, working in a lab, interning with a company, or volunteering in your community, this webinar provides vital tips to build your professional network, learn from your colleagues, and make a great impression.

Understanding Your Brand: A Recruiter's Perspective

Thursday, 16 March 2017 2pm–3pm ET

Frank Desafey, Sequence Staffing; Erica Crumley, Sequence Staffing

During this presentation, Frank DeSafey and Erica Crumley of Sequence Staffing share advice on how to sharpen up your job search by improving your brand.  Learn more about how to best present yourself to potential employers from the recruiter’s side of things in this AGU Career Center Webinar.