Chapter President: Emilie Gentry
Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, the outdoors and Earth were always something that fascinated me as a child. I started my freshman year of undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin as a geology major; I guess you could say it was in my blood. I have loved every moment of the journey to becoming a geologist. During undergrad, I was involved in a student organization called Geoscience Leadership Organization for Women. This was the start of my passion for promoting and encouraging women in geoscience! When I moved to Golden, CO to start my Masters at Colorado School of Mines in structural geology, I knew I wanted to get involved with the newly re-established AWG Laramide Chapter. A dear friend of mine from my time at the University of Texas was the acting president of AWG LC, and she quickly roped me in to serve the organization alongside of her. This year, I have taken the position of President of the AWG Laramide Chapter with goals to help the chapter grow more and bring about more awareness not only of the chapter, but also of the outstanding women in our chapter.
Association of Women Geoscientsits has been an integral part of my developing career. I initially joined AWG because it was a community that seemed to be unique and beneficial to a young female just starting her career. Little did I know what this organization would push me to be – a woman in geoscience that doesn’t let anyone stop me from reaching my dreams. This organization has allowed me to meet so many outstanding women who are in all stages of their career. It’s allowed me to set goals and reach those goals with the help and encouragement of so many strong female geoscientsits. AWG is important because it is an organization that allows each member to get exactly what you want out of it whether it be to network, socialize with similar women, or explore the several career options in geoscience. My favorite comment from people when I say I am a geoscientist is, “You are a geologist?! You don’t look like one.” AWG has taught me to be proud that I am a woman and that I am a geoscientst, and that yes, geologists can wear dresses one day and the next enjoy digging in the dirt. I simply think it’s the best of both worlds!
Outreach Development Coordinator: Lauren Duncan
Outreach Committee Member: Dina London
I am a member of the AWG Outreach Committee and was a recipient of the 2016 AWG Outstanding Student Award. I am working on my doctorate in Educational Studies where I aspires to blend my passions for education and environmental sustainability. I have a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Geosciences from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Before becoming a full-time graduate student, I had experiences ranging from teaching high school science, middle school science and math, and elementary school (1st, 2nd, and 5th). Before teaching, I worked in Baltimore City with a weatherization program helping underprivileged homeowners lower their energy bills through energy retrofits and education. After completing my Bachelor of Science at Juniata College, I spent two years in California through an AmeriCorps program mentoring youth grades K-12. My school summers were filled with internships doing aquatic toxicology research with the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program in Maryland. One summer after college, I served as the presidential intern at Alaska’s only aquarium. In my free time I volunteer with environmental sustainability organizations at UNC and serve as a board member/volunteer with the Colorado Chapter of Partners of the Americas helping to bridge organizations between Colorado, USA and Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Outreach Committee Member: Anissha Raju
Hi! My name is Anissha and I am a senior majoring in geology at the University of Colorado Boulder. This is my first year with AWG and I am enjoying it! I am on the Outreach Committee within the Laramide Chapter. Last year, I was one of the recipients for Outstanding Student Award and that was how I got to know about AWG. I felt so touched to know that someone appreciates your work and gives you recognition. It was very inspiring and only motivated me to keep soaring upwards. I decided that more students and women in the industry needs to be recognized, hence I wanted to give back by being on the board.
Outreach Committee Member & Public Relations Coordinator: Amy Sevcik
My name is Amy Sevcik and I am a senior Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems major at the University of Denver. I’ve interned for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science as well as the US Forest Service. I’m primarily interested in surface hydrology and hydrogeology and am looking forward to doing research in hydrology in graduate school. I joined AWG because I love surrounding myself with intelligent, inspirational women in science, and love encouraging young girls to pursue studies and careers in STEAM. I’m currently the Public Relations Coordinator and on the Outreach Committee.
Community Development Coordinator: Sydney Firmin
Currently exploring Asia.
Treasurer: Jessica Davey
I am a first-year master’s student in the Global Energy Management program at CU Denver. I graduated with her B.S. in Applied Geology from MSU Denver in May 2016, where I helped found the AIPG Student Chapter and served as President for two years, earning the Student Chapter of the Year Award in 2016. I am a Colorado native and worked in small business management and administration before making the decision to pursue my first passion of geology. I have a four-year-old daughter, who loves to help with field work. My goal is a career where I can apply my passion for exploration geology in a global energy and increasingly environmentally-conscientious economy.
Secretary: Nicole Peavey
I have served as the Colorado Department of Transportation Staff Paleontologist since late 2013, a position I took over only a few weeks after defending my dissertation on late Silurian and early Devonian conodonts, and after having spent three years working in paleontological consulting in, and around, the Mountain West. I obtained my PhD from Texas Tech University, my Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, and my Bachelor’s from Whitman College in Washington. I also teach occasional weekend college classes at Red Rocks Community College and volunteer at Dinosaur Ridge during their Discovery Day programs. I am committed to promoting interest and diversity in science generally and geoscience specifically.