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Contact Information

Staff Contacts

Pranoti Asher
Education & Public Outreach
+1 202-777-7522

Paul Cooper
Membership and Marketing
+1 202-777-7504

Student Opportunities

Additional information will be posted as details become available.

Student Breakfast

Tuesday, 14 December
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Salon 7

All students registered for the meeting are welcome at a complimentary breakfast. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet AGU leadership and staff and learn about the future course of the Union and its programs. Meet fellow students and future colleagues. This program has been made possible by generous support from Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Swiss Re. Seating is strictly limited to 400 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Congressional Science Fellowship and Mass Media Fellowship Luncheon

Wednesday, 15 December
InterContinental San Francisco Grand Ballroom C

Learn about two exciting AGU Fellowships at this lunch event. Current Congressional Science Fellows will detail their experiences working in Congress for one year. Past Mass Media Fellows will share their stories of working as a reporter for a news organization for ten weeks. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration is required.

Career Opportunities Networking Lunch

Wednesday, 15 December
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Golden Gate Salon B

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and discuss career possibilities with scientists and employers in sectors other than academia. This is a ticketed event; the first 200 students to collect tickets from the Career Center beforehand will be admitted to the lunch. This event is made possible by generous support from Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Swiss Re. The Career Opportunities Networking Lunch is a collaboration between American Geophysical Union and the American Geological Institute.

Here's a short video of last year's Career Opportunity Networking Lunch, courtesy of AGI.

Earth and space science professionals and employers who would like to participate in the Career Opportunities Networking Lunch and meet the most talented Earth and space scientists, please register here.

Representatives from the following organizations and companies will have already registered for the Career Opportunities Networking Lunch:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geological Institute
American Institute of Physics
Booz Allen Hamilton
ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Institute for Broadening Participation/NASA
IRIS Consortium
Lawrence Berkeley Lab
LI-COR Biosciences
Los Alamos National Lab
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Academy of Sciences
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Ecological Observatory Network
NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center
Peace Corps/Michigan Tech Natural Hazards program
Physics Today
Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc
Science News
Teledyne RD Instruments
The Aerospace Corporation

Career Fair and Career Center

Monday through Friday
Moscone South Poster Hall

Visit the Career Center and find a great new employee or an exciting new job opportunity!

No more messy job boards and unwieldy resume binders, this year's Career Center features AGU's online resource designed to not only help you find the best job opportunities in the Earth and space sciences, but also connect with employers and set up interviews in advance of the upcoming AGU 2010 Fall Meeting in San Francisco! Upload your resume and browse the jobs at Career Center! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with best employers in the Earth and space sciences!

After logging in or creating an account, you must click the Register Now link on the screen titled My Account, in order to see the Career Fair packages (for advertisers) and for job seekers to indicate that they are available for interviews during the meeting.

One-on-One Career Consultations 

Tuesday 14 December 
Career Center, Main Poster Hall 
All appointment times are now taken. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Get expert, personal advice about your career! One-on-One Career Consultations will be approximately 20 minutes long and are scheduled in advance. Meet with Alaina Levine, a nationally-recognized, scientific career expert, to discuss any career-related issues you have including: career planning and searching, CV/resume writing, cover letter writing, professional development, professional etiquette, networking, negotiation, etc. All consultations are completely confidential so you are welcome to ask whatever questions you want. Bring your CV/resume, cover letter, and any other item you wish to have critiqued. 

These consultations will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. To schedule an interview, please send an email to careers@agu.org headed 'One-on-One Career Consultations' with the following information: 

First name 
Last name 
Cell phone number
Email address
Are you a student? (Yes or no) 
Do you prefer a morning or afternoon appointment? (Morning/afternoon) 

You will receive an email in reply with your appointment. If all times get filled, careers staff will keep a stand-by list.

Informal career talks in the Career Lounge at AGU Fall Meeting

The Career Lounge next to the Career Center at the AGU Fall Meeting will feature informal talks and presentations on careers. Find out how Earth and space scientists have put their science to work in a variety of areas!

Scheduled talks:

Monday, 13 December 1600h-1700h
Tuesday, 14 December 1600h-1700h

Representatives from ExxonMobil will talk about their careers in the exploration industry and what it's like to work in a large company.

Monday, 13 December 1200h
Wednesday, 15 December 1430h
Moscone Center South rooms 250 and 262

Outstanding Resumes and CVs for Outstanding Careers
Award-winning career counselor Alaina Levine will tell you that resumes and CVs don't get you jobs, they get you interviews. Learn the secrets of making your resume or CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will be read and articulates your value to the organization. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your resume or CV.

The recent webinar version of this talk provoked the following praise:

"This was absolutely the best talk, presentation, or article on CVs and Resumes I have ever heard. The deep insights went so far beyond the simple formatting and content of a resume." -Brenda B, Ph.D. Candidate.

Monday, 13 December

Vidal Salzar of National Center for Atmospheric Research's Earth Observing Laboratory will talk about careers in atmospheric sciences with special focus on encouraging students from underrepresented minorities. Vidal will talk about talk about his career path and share how he went from a student to a project manager doing field work all over the world. This talk will be in English and Spanish depending on the audience.
You can watch a video about the range of careers in atmospheric sciences at NCAR here.

Monday, 13 December
Moscone Center South rooms 250 and 262

Professional Leadership Skills for Scientists
Alaina Levine will lead an introduction and overview of strategic principles that ensure you triumph in your career, and how to identify and seize valuable opportunities that will contribute to your success. The skills every scientist needs to succeed will be identified and examined, including leadership and teamwork development, communication, networking, self-promotion, contact management, partnering with a mentor, and branding. You will also discover how to empower yourself, and the importance of getting noticed for your technical talents.

Tuesday 14 December
Robert Irion

Careers in science writing and journalism
Robert Irion, director and senior lecturer of the Science Communication program of UC Santa Cruz, will discuss his experiences as an award-winning writer of science books and magazine articles (in Smithsonian Magazine, Discover, New Scientist, Scientific American, and National Geographic). Ask Robert how he draws on his training in Earth and planetary science and how he makes complex science accessible to a general audience. Or try pitching your current research to him for an article!

Tuesday, 14 December

NASA One Stop Shop Initiative and National Science Foundation Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships.
Learn about a variety of NASA and National Science Foundation paid research experiences, scholarships, and fellowships in the Earth Sciences. Receive information on how to search for and apply for scholarships, fellowships, and internships in a wide variety of disciplines and geographic regions. Ask questions about finding opportunities and receive tips on identifying research and funding opportunities that meet your needs and interests.

Wednesday, 15 December
Alaina Levine
Moscone Center South rooms 250 and 262

Effective Networking Strategies
Learn how to appropriately promote yourself and build a network. Discover how to “work a room”, start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory. The importance of and use of social networks will be emphasized. Remember: as you increase and diversify your network, you better your chances for identifying and accessing hidden career opportunities such as jobs, fellowships, committees, awards, and, of course, research experiences.

Wednesday, 15 December
Dr. Jason Day
Dr. Ilya Fischhoff

Science in congressional offices on Capitol Hill
AGU Congressional Science Fellow Dr. Jason Day will talk about how he uses his science (Jason's Ph.D. is in atomic, molecular, and optical physics) in policy discussions in the office of Senator Al Franken. Find out how often Senator Franken asks about quantum entanglement or the Large Hadron Collider's chances of creating a Higgs Boson! Or if Jason's boss is as witty in the halls of power as he was on Saturday Night Live!

With a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and research background of zebra behavior, AGU Congressional Science Fellow Dr. Ilya Fischhoff will talk about how working in Representative Ed Markey's office has broadened his expertise to include policy on nuclear non-proliferation, trade, and other societally vital issues.