Student Resources for #AGU20


Fall Meeting will be online everywhere, which means it will be the most diverse and inclusive ever. People who may have never been able to attend before will now be able to present, network and engage from anywhere in the world.

As a part of our continued commitment to the next-generation and future of the Earth and space sciences community, #AGU20 will provide:

In addition, here are four key resources for #AGU20 students.

Fall Meeting Virtual Student Travel Grants

The  Fall Meeting Virtual Student Travel Grant program provides reimbursement for some of the costs to attend #AGU20.

This year, all factors are being considered to address the unexpected financial challenges students are facing due to COVID-19. This year’s recipients will receive $1,000 USD, with $500 USD to cover Fall Meeting-related expenses and $500 USD to cover educational expenses.

  • Eligible Fall Meeting expenses include meeting registration, purchasing, or renting technology (i.e., Wi-Fi hotspot, laptop, computer software, laptop accessories), transportation to access technology, housing to access technology, dependent care, unpaid leave/lost wages, etc.
  • After participating in a required number of Fall Meeting sessions and offerings along with a brief written explanation and expense budget submission, recipients will receive $500 USD for educational expenses (i.e., any item included in an institution’s cost of attendance).

Applications are accepted until 25 August.

AGU Michael H. Freilich Student Visualization Competition Program

Visuals can tell stories and evoke emotions, which helps make science and data more accessible and engaging.

This program challenges undergraduate and graduate legal U.S. resident students (individuals or teams) to submit creative and innovative ways to present data. We encourage not only data visualization for Earth and space sciences, but also transdisciplinary sciences.

Winners will receive travel grants funded by AGU, complimentary registration to #AGU20 and the opportunity to present their visually based story on the NASA Hyperwall.

Applications are accepted until 9 September.

Fall Meeting First-Timer Mentorship program

AGU has developed a mentorship program to specifically help first-time attendees navigate through the process of Fall Meeting, including developing an engaging virtual presentation.

Mentees are matched with experienced Fall Meeting attendees so that first timers can get the most out of an online #AGU20.

Sign up now to be a mentor or mentee!

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA)

During Fall Meeting, students can receive feedback on their presentations from past recipients and judges through OSPA. This is a valuable opportunity for students to improve their presentation skills and their ability to effectively communicate research.

Students must confirm interest in participating in OSPA by 30 October on the OSPA website (to be launched). By mid-October, those students who opted into OSPA when they submitted their abstracts will receive additional information.

To accommodate this year’s online presentations for volunteers and student participants, AGU has collaboratively worked with many of you to:

  • Redevelop the scoring rubric to ensure a transparent evaluation process that is easily navigable by judges and guarantees that students receive structured feedback.
  • Mitigate challenges (stemming from a virtual Fall Meeting) to student participant/judge interactions around the globe by enabling chat functionality in the new OSPA online platform.

Important dates:

  • 25 August – Student Travel Grant application deadline.
  • 9 September – Application for Michael H. Freilich Student Visualization Competition Program due.
  • 15 October – OSPA opens for confirmation from student participants.
  • 30 October – Students must confirm participation in OSPA in the online system.
  • 1 November – OSPA opens for volunteer judge signups.

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