Welcome to the Southern Arizona chapter of AWG!

About Us

 We are the Southern Arizona chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG). AWG is a national, non-profit organization, whose aim is to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences; to exchange educational, technical, and professional information; and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. With that mission in mind, the graduate students of the Geosciences Department at the University of Arizona, with the help of faculty members, came together to create the Southern Arizona chapter of AWG in the Spring of 2018.
  The main goal of our chapter is to grow a community with members of all genders , from undergraduates to alumni, that share in these values. As a chapter, we plan to promote the participation of women in STEM fields through outreach in the community and department. While we are officially run by students within the UA Geosciences department, membership and participation in our chapter is open to all.

What We Do

 Since 2018, we have partnered with organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona by hosting science discovery nights and volunteering with local troops. Within the department, we organize informal meetings with women colloquium speakers to learn about different paths that women take within academia (or industry) and their struggles and successes to help students formulate their own paths. We coordinate a mentorship program that consists of graduate mentors and undergraduate mentees. This program includes individual meetings between mentor/mentee pairs as well as events to support undergraduates in the process of applying for internships, graduate school, and jobs, such as graduate student panel discussions and application writing support. We also plan smaller events throughout the year, including potlucks and writing accountability nights.

Check our calendar below for upcoming events!

NEW! Southern Arizona Chapter Awarded AWG Chapter Excellence Award!

 The University of Arizona Southern AWG Chapter officers are delighted to have received the 2022 Chapter Excellence award. Our president, Tshering Lama Sherpa is completing field work in Nepal, so we have included her in spirit (and headshot)!

AWG Chapter Excellence Award
Left to right: Emilia Caylor, Dana Assudmi, Alice Chapman, Aubrey Bennett, Lydia Bailey, Emilie Bowman, Cassie Hanagan, Asiya Badarunnisa Sainudeen.

NEW! The AWG Undergraduate Field Camp Scholarship

 We are happy to announce our first annual field camp scholarship for underrepresented students in the geosciences! Please visit the Scholarship Page for more information.

AWG Southern Arizona Chapter Undergraduate Field Camp Scholarship announcement

2022-2023 Officers

Tshering Lama Sherpa

Vice President
Cassie Hanagan

Rob Hayes

Lisa Zieman

Mentor Program Chairs
Alice Chapman
Asiya Sainudeen

Outreach Chairs
Emilie Bowman
Jenna Biegel

Fundraising Chair
Maya Prabhakar
Aubrey Bennett

Undergraduate Liaison
Lindsey Frenia
Dana Assudmi

Jordan W. Wang

Contact Us

Use the form below to contact us with any questions/suggestions or to join our list-serv

or contact us directly at

Southern Arizona AWG
Department of Geosciences
The University of Arizona
1040 E 4th St
Tucson, AZ 85721

Updates and Events

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