A Snapshot of Women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and Related Careers

Circular 1443
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The term “STEM” has been used to group together the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to describe education and professions related to these fields. The professional fields connected to STEM education are thought of as engineering, medicine, and computer technology. Yet these professional fields are merely the tip of the iceberg. Numerous opportunities in these fields encompass environmental research. The possibilities range from predicting the next earthquake to saving polar bears from extinction to developing a vaccine for salmon measles.

The science of natural systems is complex and often requires people from a variety of fields of expertise to make headway with a solution. To that end, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has long recognized the need for a diversity of STEM expertise to address the Nation’s environmental research needs and the vision to facilitate integration of these fields. We are team builders!

In this book, we point out the many facets of research carried out by USGS STEM scientists in an effort to show career options and pathways not typically pursued. The women portrayed were selected by USGS associate and regional directors as representative of particular fields and to inspire future generations.

Suggested Citation

Aragon-Long, S.C., Burkett, V.R., Weyers, H.S., Haig, S.M., Davenport, M.S., and Warner, K.L., 2018, A snapshot of women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and related careers: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1443, 100 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1443.

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Women Pioneers at the USGS
  • Past and Current Women Senior Scientists in the USGS 
  • USGS Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Opportunities With the USGS 
  • What Are the Criteria for STEM Careers at the USGS? 
  • Profiles of USGS Women 
  • Index of Women Featured in This Publication
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A snapshot of women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and related careers
Series title Circular
Series number 1443
ISBN 978-1-4113-4232-3
DOI 10.3133/cir1443
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Climate and Land-Use Change
Description Report: iv, 100 p.; Postcard: 6.0 x 4.25 inches; Poster: 22.0 x 28.0 inches
Public Comments For a copy of this publication, please visit the U.S. Geological Survey store.
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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