Great Lakes Chapter of The Association for Women Geoscientists

Announcing the Great Lakes Chapter of The Association for Women Geoscientists! Motivated graduate students led by Kate Gigstad (M.S. student of Dr. Margaret Fraiser) have successfully founded the first chapter of The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) in Wisconsin here in the UWM Department of Geosciences. The Great Lakes Chapter is only the second chapter in the upper-Midwest of the US. Check us out at:

The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) works to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, exchange educational, technical and professional information with each other, and enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. They provide leadership, networking, and even funding opportunities.

The goals of the Great Lakes Chapter of AWG are to create an environment where students and professional geoscientists can come together to network and share their experiences. We will also be creating opportunities for research and travel funding for female geoscience students. We are hoping to award our first scholarship this fall. Our home base is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and we have monthly meetings discussing upcoming fundraising and events, followed by a social hour at a local establishment.

If you would like to get involved with promoting women in the geosciences, you can visit the association page at and become a member. We are a brand new chapter so we are not on the official list of chapters yet, but you should be able to add us as an affiliate chapter when you sign up. If you have any other questions about the Great Lakes Chapter, or to get on the email list for meetings and events, please contact Kate Gigstad at