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Resources for Student and Early Career Attendees

Student and Early Career Scientist Conference

AGU will host the 6th annual Student and Early Career Scientist Conference the day before Fall Meeting begins, Sunday, 8 December! This year's theme will be "Tackling Grand Challenges: An Early Career Scientist Perspective." This is a ticketed event, so prospective attendees must purchase a ticket when registering for Fall Meeting. The registration fee is $40. Space is limited so be sure to register early.

More details, including the conference agenda, are available on our Fall Meeting workshops page.

Note: Tickets for this event can be found through the attendee registration process under "General Workshops."

Register and join us at Fall Meeting 2019

Join us in San Francisco as we celebrate our Centennial and bring together our diverse community of Earth and space scientists.


Tentative schedule

08:00 – 08:45 a.m. Registration
08:45 – 09:30 a.m. Welcome
09:30 – 10:30 a.m. Panel: Science Technology for Geoscience in the Past, Present, and Future
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break and Gallery Walk
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Morning Breakouts (Choose 1 of 6)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakouts (Choose 1 of 6)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Networking in Practice and Preparing for the Centennial Stage

Workshop breakouts:
  1. Working with Communities to Solve Local Challenges (a.m. and p.m.)
  2. Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation in STEM (a.m. and p.m.)
  3. How to be an Effective Mentor and Mentee (a.m. and p.m.)
  4. Handling Data: Data Management Techniques (a.m. only)
  5. Science Communication Fundamentals: An Interactive Tour (a.m. only)
  6. Drafting Journal-Ready Manuscripts: Best Practices (a.m. only)
  7. Machine Learning Applications in the Geosciences (p.m. only)
  8. “Yes, and …”: Applying Improv Theater for Science Communication (p.m. only)
  9. Scrutinizing Science: Peer Reviewing Manuscripts (p.m. only)

Fall Meeting STG

Fall Meeting 2019 applications are closed

Fall Meeting travel grants have closed but AGU has other grants, fellowships and scholarships throughout the year.
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Evaluation criteria and requirements

Preference is given to applicants from demographic groups who are underrepresented in Earth and space science. Your application will be assessed for diversity and financial need by current income range. Applicants who pass the first round of selection based on those parameters are then reviewed on the following criteria:

  • 1
    Be a current AGU student member
  • 2
    Be an enrolled high school student, two- or four-year undergraduate student or graduate student at an accredited academic institution
  • 3
    Have successfully submitted an abstract prior to filling out your travel grant application. You must include your abstract reference number on the application
  • 4
    Be a first author presenting a paper or poster at Fall Meeting
  • 5
    Demonstrate sufficient funding resources to cover your meeting registration and travel expenses
  • 6
    Demonstrate strong scientific merit in your abstract to application reviewers from your Section
Standard Value

Applications are closed

2019 David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship have closed, but AGU has other grants, fellowships and scholarships throughout the year.
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Eligibility and requirements

To be considered for the David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship for Energy and Environmental Science you must be the first author of a paper on energy or environmental science research that will be presented at AGU’s Fall Meeting. You must also meet the following requirements:

  • 1
    Be enrolled in high school or undergraduate studies
  • 2
    Be interested in exploring or pursuing a career in energy and environmental science
  • 3
    Submit an abstract before submitting the scholarship application
  • 4
    Include a personal statement in your application describing how the scholarship will further your career goals
  • 5
    Include a recommendation letter from a professor or research advisor
Standard Value

Fall Meeting Berkner Fellowship is closed

Fall Meeting travel grants have closed but AGU has other grants, fellowships and scholarships throughout the year.
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Evaluation criteria and requirements

Berkner Travel Fellowship applications are scored and judged based on the following criteria:

  • 1
    You demonstrate sufficient resources to fund expenses (meals, local travel, and incidentals) and can be reimbursed after the meeting
  • 2
    Your application demonstrates a clear understanding of how you will make the most out of the Fall Meeting experience
  • 3
    Your Fall Meeting abstract demonstrates scientific merit
  • 4
    Special consideration will be given to female applicants
  • 5
    Special consideration will be given to those who have never traveled to the United States
  • 6
    Special consideration will be given to those who are in their final year of their degree program
  • Eligibility for Berkner Fellowships is limited to AGU members under the age of 35 who are citizens of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita.
  • You must also currently reside in a World Bank “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita nation and not be currently studying in the U.S. Your country of residency does not need to be the same as your country of citizenship.
  • You must have submitted an abstract prior to the travel grant application and be able to provide the abstract reference number. You should be first author presenting a paper or poster at Fall Meeting or Ocean Sciences Meeting.
  • Before you are able to accept the fellowship, you must provide proof that you have applied for a travel visa and any transit visas. Note: This may mean that you must be in your home country for the visa interview process.


Leslie Marasco

Leslie Marasco

Student and Diversity Program Manager

202.777.7357 | [email protected]

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Carissa Lundquist

Student Grants and Scholarship Coordinator

202.777.7442 | [email protected]



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Student volunteer program

Participating in the Student Volunteer Program is a great way for students to get a behind-the-scenes look at how AGU manages such a large meeting while also earning free student registration for at least eight hours of volunteer time.

Applicants are not guaranteed a volunteer position. Only a few dozen positions are available, and volunteers are selected based on their suitability for the available positions.

Please note that the Research Vessel Sally Ride Docent Volunteer Program requires a 12-hour commitment and has a separate application form. See below for more details.

Contact AGU if you have questions about this program.

Apply for a Student Volunteer position

Deadline for applications is 24 October, 11:59 p.m. ET.

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See available student volunteer positions

Check out the eligibility requirements and currently available student volunteer positions.
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What is Mentoring365?

Mentoring365 is a virtual mentoring program developed among Earth and space science organizations to facilitate an exchange of professional knowledge, expertise, skills, insights, and experiences through dialogue and collaborative learning. The program provides mentors and mentees with structured, relationship-building tools to develop and accomplish focused career goals.