Volunteer is AGU’s portal for getting involved in the organization and assisting the next generation of scientists. Become a mentor in one of our mentoring programs, judge research on a variety of platforms, or join a section committee in your area of expertise.
BECOME A MENTOR
Mentoring is no longer exclusive to scientific conferences! This mentorship opportunity allows mentors to advise and share professional knowledge with mentees anywhere in the world. Participants currently span 50 countries and six continents. Go global with your science and apply to be a mentor today.
Transitioning into the professional arena from a doctoral program or a postdoc can be difficult. The AGU Mentoring Network goes beyond traditional mentoring by creating groups that include senior scientist mentors as well as peer mentors, who meet virtually once per month over the course of a year.
Career and Research Advice Mentorship (CRAM) sessions allow students and early-career scientists to sign up for 20-minute sessions with CRAM mentors to discuss career goals and paths. These sessions take place at Fall Meeting and some smaller scientific conferences.
Sharing Science will help connect graduate students with established scientists who are engaged in sharing their science with public audiences. This supports students who are beginning their scientific careers and hoping to find support for engaging in science communication and outreach.
VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE
The Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPAs) promote, recognize, and reward undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students for quality research in the Earth and space sciences. It is a great honor for young scientists at the beginning of their careers. The process relies entirely on volunteer judges. The top 3%–5% of presenters in each section or focus group typically are awarded an OSPA, and all judged students are provided feedback. For more information on judging, visit Judging Criteria and Information.
The Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) is a low-cost, high-value online poster presentation opportunity that allows students to share their research without having to travel to a conference. Expert judges are needed to review posters. For more information, visit How Poster Judging Works, or sign up here to be a judge.
AGU sections connect you with other scientists in your research area. Sections offer many opportunities to engage with AGU. Sections play a role in identifying emerging issues, providing member input, and nominating scientists for honors and recognition.