5 Ways to Maximize Your Involvement at the AGU Fall Meeting

by Natasha Krell

With the submission deadline for abstracts, pop-ups, and travel grants to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting less than a month away we thought we’d highlight what AGU has to offer for students. The benefits of attending the AGU Fall Meeting are far-reaching and there are many ways to get involved as a student beyond poster presentations. Here are five ways to get involved at the AGU Fall Meeting.

  1. Despite its name, the American Geophysical Union the Fall Meeting in San Francisco is truly an international event attracting scientists from all over the world. And there are travel grants available to get you there. Deadline is August 12!
  2. Less intimidating than the oral presentations, the Student Pop-Up Talks offer you the chance to share an aspect of your research that wouldn’t cover in a poster. This year there are three Pop-Up sessions with topics ranging from social justice in the sciences to creative solutions for the world’s pressing resources issues. Submission is free!
  3. Come to San Francisco one day early and take part in the Student and Early Career Scientist Conference.  This year will feature two tracks: an interdisciplinary science track and a career guidance/professional track. Highlights include a meet-the-experts session on the California drought, networking opportunities, and discussions on gender/racial equality. Sign up when you register for the Fall Meeting. Oh and did we mention the conference mixer for all attendees? You don’t want to miss this.
  4. Receive guidance from a scientist who shares your research interests through this year’s Undergraduate Mentoring Program. Applications will be open in August and are selected on a first come first serve basis so check August 1.
  5. And of course, share your research by presenting a poster or giving a talk.  Submit your abstract HERE by August 5. Tip: the system is known to jam close to the deadline so submit early!

See you in San Francisco!

Natasha Krell in an undergraduate student at the College of the Atlantic. Since 2015, she serves on the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee.

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