Diversity Programs

Virtual Poster Showcase

The Virtual Poster Showcase is a new and exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their work virtually. Although many college students conduct research with faculty, in organized summer programs, or as part of their course work or degree work, they often face barriers to traveling to present that research, especially at national conferences. The showcases will allow participation by those students who can’t travel. The American Geophysical Union piloted three opportunities for an undergraduate and graduate virtual poster showcase in the fall of 2015, and there are two remaining opportunities remaining in 2016. Sign up for the Virtual Poster Showcase email list for more information.

URECAS: Unique Research Experiences for two-year College faculty And Students Virtual Poster Showcase


URECAS, an AGU program that received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation, is designed to support and foster two-year college students in their Earth and space science educational careers, including those who choose to transfer to four-year institutions, and to decrease the number of students who do not finish their two-year college degrees or succeed in transferring to and completing programs at four-year colleges. Learn more about outcomes and AGU’s new two-year college initiative. Or, read more in our Eos article. If you have questions, contact principal investigator Pranoti Asher.

This workshop was supported by the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate (Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences award # 1201578).

Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences

The AGU Diversity Plan (May, 2002) outlines a comprehensive strategy for increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the geosciences. This plan is being implemented through several programs:

  • AGU’s Bright Students Training as Research Scientists or Bright STaRS is a program to bring about 100 high school students engaged in after-school and summer research projects in geoscience disciplines to annual AGU meetings to present their results.
  • The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Sciences (MS PHD’S) Program is an NSF/NASA funded program that provides mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in the geosciences.
  • AGU convened the first Joint Society Conference on Increasing Diversity in the Earth and Space Sciences (IDEaSS Conference, 2003), bringing together 70 representatives of 26 scientific organizations and 6 federal agencies to discuss a formal resolution to collaborate (pdf) on increasing diversity in the geosciences.

Read more about AGU’s diversity programs: A Unified Approach to Diversifying the Earth Sciences (Karsten, Geotimes, 2003)