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Voices for Science

Be a science advocate

Voices for Science is a program AGU launched in 2018 that centers around training scientists to address the critical need for communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to key decision makers, journalists, and public audiences. The program recruits scientists to participate in one of two tracks: policy or communications.

The Voices for Science program provides scientists interested in science communications and outreach with specialized training to hone their skills. Throughout the twelve-month program, participants work directly with AGU staff to conduct regular outreach activities with a variety of audiences in their local communities.

CVD participants in front of the capitol building

How it works

During the application process, Voices for Science advocates, indicate their interest in the policy or communications track. A maximum of 15 applicants are accepted into each track. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science communications and a strong desire to engage with a variety of audiences and to speak out about the importance of Earth and space science.

The commitment entails the following activities and benefits.

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    A rigorous application process
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    A written commitment to conducting outreach activities
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    A minimum of one outreach activity per month for a twelve-month period
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    An in-depth training session in Washington, D.C. in April (expenses are covered by AGU)
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    Participation in Voices for Science activities at Fall Meeting in December (expenses are covered by AGU)
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    Serve as role models for others interested in science communication

Voices for Science participants 2019

Headshot of Voices for Science participant Ben Abbott

Ben Abbott

Brigham Young University, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Reinaldo Alcalde

Reinaldo Alcalde

University of Texas at Austin, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Christine Bassett

Christine Bassett

University of Alabama, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Bennett Bearden

Bennett Bearden

Geological Survey of Alabama, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Paula Buchanan

Paula Buchanan

Jacksonville State University, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Julia DeMarines

Julia DeMarines

University of California, Berkeley, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant David Gorelick

David Gorelick

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Laura Guertin

Laura Guertin

Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant David Hastings

David Hastings

Eckerd College, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Elizabeth Hetherington

Elizabeth Hetherington

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Lucila Houttuijn Bloemendaal

Lucila Houttuijn Bloemendaal

Boston University, Media/Public Communications Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Lydia Jennings

Lydia Jennings

University of Arizona, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Janine Krippner

Janine Krippner

Smithsonian Institution, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Caroline Ladlow

Caroline Ladlow

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Tamara Marcus

Tamara Marcus

University of New Hampshire, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Andrew Martinez

Andrew Martinez

The Native Nations Institute, Policy Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Angela Marusiak

Angela Marusiak

University of Maryland, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Kate Marvel

Kate Marvel

Columbia University, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Katarena Matos Meira

Katarena Matos

University of Arizona, Media/Public Communications Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Ryan Niemeyer

Ryan Niemeyer

University of California, Santa Barbara, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Adrienne Oakley

Adrienne Oakley

Kutztown University, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Alexandra Phillips

Alexandra Phillips

California Institute of Technology, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Henry Potter

Henry Potter

Texas A&M University, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Channing Prend

Channing Prend

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Jackie Ratner

Jackie Ratner

The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Policy Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Andrew Robison

Andrew Robison

University of New Hampshire, Policy Track

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Aditi Sengupta

Aditi Sengupta

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Media/Public Communications Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Laura Szymanski

Laura Szymanski

University of Wisconsin Madison, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Singleton Thibodeaux Yost

Singleton Thibodeaux-Yost

University of Arizona, Policy Track

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AGU Voices for Science 2019 participant Vanessa van Heerden

Vanessa van Heerden

Louisiana State University, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Kendra Walters

Kendra Walters

University of California, Irvine, Media/Public Communications Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Kim Wood

Kim Wood

Mississippi State University, Media/Public Communications

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Headshot for Voices for Science 2019 participant Abigail Wyatt

Abigale Wyatt

Princeton University, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Ben Zaitchik

Ben Zaitchik

Johns Hopkins University, Policy Track

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Headshot of Voices for Science participant Diana Zamora Reyes

Diana Zamora-Reyes

University of Arizona, Policy Track

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View past advocates in the Voices for Science program

Meet the past Voices for Science advocates beginning with the class of 2018. Voices for Science participants are a network of skilled and dedicated scientists who are actively sharing their science with audiences around the country.  
meet them