'Women in Geospatial Sciences, Building Leaders for Tomorrow' workshop

September 13, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State and Syracuse University will host two 1-and-a-half-day workshops to identify challenges women currently face in U.S. universities, and provide recommendations to retain women leaders in the geospatial sciences, through active engagement and building of peer-mentorship networks within departments, and also across the university and between universities.

This opportunity stems from the first TRELIS (Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM – Geospatial Sciences) workshop run by UCGIS and the University of Maine in Madison, Wisconsin, held this past May, and is funded by a Carolyn Merry Mini-Grant from TRELIS, the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science, and the University of Maine, with support from Penn State and Syracuse University.

The objective of the workshops is to build a TRELIS network within and between Penn State and Syracuse University by providing an opportunity for career coaching that will enable women to build a network of mentors and peers.

The interactive workshops will address themes discussed during the TRELIS workshop in Madison, including:

  • Work-Life Integration
  • Career Trajectories & Leadership
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Communication & Language
  • Obstacles, Conflicts & Solutions

The workshops are designed to provide a safe place to foster discussions and to bring together women faculty in the geospatial sciences from both institutions.

Who can participate?

The workshops, one to be held at Syracuse University in spring 2019 and one at Penn State in fall 2018, will host participants drawn from both institutions. The workshops are open to women who work in the geospatial sciences at all career stages, including mid- and early-career faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students.

The fall 2018 workshop date will be determined based on applicant preferences, from a choice of the following:

  •  2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, through 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Penn State
  •  2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, through 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Penn State
  •  2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, through 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Penn State

To apply for the workshop, click here.

For more information, visit: https://sites.google.com/g.syr.edu/trelis-psu-su/workshops or contact Justine Blanford at jib18@psu.edu.

Last Updated September 13, 2018