Welcome to the Southern Arizona chapter of AWG!
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)!
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.
Tshering Lama Sherpa
Mentor Program Chairs
Jordan W. Wang
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