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GSA – On To the Future Deadline July 31

On To the Future (OTF) is a grass roots initiative of The Geological Society of America (GSA) to provide partial-funding for 125 diverse students to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting, this year in Denver, Colorado.

To qualify to be a participant in On To the Future, students must be enrolled as a geoscience undergraduate major or in a geoscience graduate program, are a member of GSA, have NEVER attended a GSA Annual Meeting and are from traditional underrepresented, ethnic/racial or disability group. We will also consider other underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., can include nontraditional students with respect to age, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran’s status, socioeconomic class, physical and mental abilities, and international origin).

Nomination information needs to be completed by July 31.  Students can apply or be nominated by a faculty sponsor.  The program is also soliciting donations to help support as much of the winners’ GSA experience as possible.  Complete application/nomination and donation information is available at the website:

Successful applicants will be advised mid August.


GSA and AGU Abstract Deadline Reminder

The deadline for submitting abstracts to both GSA and AGU is August 6th this year.

IAGD-sponsored sessions at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting:

Technical Session #128: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches of Access and Inclusion in the Geosciences

Description:  Geoscience students and educators are encouraged to disseminate current and historical research findings and instructional experiences that promote the enhancement of diverse participation in the geosciences through increased access and inclusion.

Sponsors:  GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Association for Geoscience Diversity; National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee

Conveners:  Christopher Atchison and Sharon Locke

Technical Session #143. Geoscience Across Cultures and Communities: Benefits and Challenges of Diversity

Description:  The session is on people and practices that have contributed to our increasing understanding of the importance of the role of diversity in the geoscience profession.

Sponsors:  GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG); National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)

Conveners:  Marilyn J. Suiter and Richard C. Berg

To submit an abstract, visit:  http://community.geosociety.org/2013AnnualMeeting/Sessions/Abstracts


IAGD-sponsored sessions at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting:

The IAGD is pleased to announce sponsorship for the following poster session being held during the 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. This session is also being sponsored by every AGU division.

ED019. Expanding Diversity in the Geosciences by Fostering Inclusive and Accessible Educational Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Convener:  Chris Atchison, Georgia State University

Abstract deadline:  Tuesday, August 6, 2013



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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0939645. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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