Upcoming Events
April 15, 2015                                                                             
Advancing Women in Geoscience
AWG-MN invites you to hear Amy share her thoughts on science communication and outreach.
Stick around for discussion and light refreshments!
Amy Myrbo, Research Associate and Director of Outreach, Diversity and Education, LacCore and CSDCO, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota.
6:30-8:30pm University of Minnesota Campus, Nicholson Hall Room#35
Event Flyer here
Recent Events
April 7, 2015
The April AIPG Luncheon will be co-hosted by AWG.
Our very own board member, Marian Kramer will be presenting:
The Kern River Oil Field, San Joaquin Valley, California: History, Production, and Geology
Marian will be talking about her work as a Development Geologist on the Kern River Oil Field located in the San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield, California. The Kern River Field has been producing oil for over 100 years and is considered a world-class, supergiant oil field. Her talk will be a comprehensive overview of the field, covering the discovery, oil classification, production history, regional and local geologic settings, tools used by geologists to “see” into the reservoir, what makes Kern River unique geologically, current horizontal well success stories, current challenges, and what happens to the oil after it is produced. Marian will also briefly review petroleum systems for those not familiar with how oil is generated, migrated, and entrapped.
September 27, 2014
Explore the Glacial Geology & Hunt for Lake Superior Agates with AWG
AWG-MN invites you and your family to join us for an exclusive visit to a  gravel mine in Scandia, MN. We will explore the glacial geology of the mine,  followed by the opportunity to hunt for Lake Superior Agates! 
July 24, 2014 Thursday Happy Hour                                                                                       AWG will provide some appetizers to share. We will be near the frontof the Pub in Eva's Garden. In an effort to continue our unofficial theme this year of "advancing women in science", please bring an article related to women/girlsin science to share with the group
Thursday April 24, 2014

In lieu of our AWG-MN Happy  Hour, we would like to invite you to the AIPG
Spring Social this Thursday. Please go to their website to reserve
a spot! (http://aipgmg.org)

Advancing Women in Geoscience:

A panel of women geoscientist discussing their career experiences and the

advancement of women in the geosciences. February 27, 2014

Fall Field Trip:  Journey to the Paleozoic Plateau

AWG is partnering with the Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA) and the
 American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) to conduct a fall field trip this
October!  The trip highlights the hydrologic and cultural heritage of southeaster
Minnesota's karst lands.  Stops will cover topics related to karst hydrology,
including rapid groundwater movement and short residence times engineering,
agricultural and ecological concerns, and the unique landscape formed under
conditions of dissolving bedrock.

We will be spending Friday night at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Center in Lanesboro,
 with a dinner/presentation that evening at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston
honoring the life's work of Dr. E. Calvin Alexander Jr., University of Minnesota.  The
bus trip will begin Friday morning at 8:00 AM in the Twin Cities, returning by
5:00 PK Saturday.  Pick up and drop off will also be available in Rochester for
those joining the trip from the southeast.

Download the field trip flyer here!


  • AIPG Joint Luncheon, April 2, 2013: Beth Wenell from the University of Minnesota gave a talk on "Quantifying the Soil-Rock Interface."
  • WEN (formally FWEF) Networking Event: April 3, 2013: Women’s Environmental Network.

  • Lilydale Fossil Hunt, June 9th, 2012: Lilydale Regional Park, St. Paul
  • AIPG Joint Luncheon, April 3, 2012: Dr. Karen Gran from the University of Minnesota, Duluth spoke on her research on "Evolving Sediment Sources in the Minnesota River Basin."
  • FWEF Networking Event: Wednesday, March 28, 2012: The Forum of Women in the Environmental Field networking event held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hamline College in St. Paul.

  • Fireside Chat & Potluck - January 21, 2012: Jim Cotter and Wanda Hanlon spoke on "The Geology, Terrior and Winemaking of Minnesota"
  • AWG Tropical BBQ Dinner: Saturday, October 8th 2011, 6:30 to 9:00 PM, Kokomo Island Cafe, Mall of America. 
  • AWG National Board Meetings: October 8-9, 2011
  • AWG Breakfast & Awards Ceremony at GSA: Monday, Oct. 10th 6:30 AM at the Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom B
  • Earth Science Week: October 9-12, 2011
  • AWG-MN Elections: August 2011
  • Lilydale Fossil Hunting, June 11, 2011: Lilydale Regional Park, St. Paul
  • AIPG Joint Luncheon, April 5, 2011: Kate Kleiter with AET spoke on her involvement with construction of the Twins' stadium.
  • Fireside Chat & Potluck - January 22, 2011: Harvey Thorleifson from Minnesota Geological Survey spoke on "The Search for Diamonds in North America"
  • Book Swap & Networking - October 27th 2010: Edina Public Library
  • Geocaching Event - July 17th 2010: William O'Brien State Park www.williamobrienpark.com
  • Lilydale Fossil Hunting - June 19th 2010: Lilydale Regional Park, St. Paul
  • Geopalooza weekend, May 1st & 2nd 2010: Reception & dinner with AWG & AWGF National Board and Minnesota Chapter Officers; Retreat of St. Anthony Falls Field Trip lead by Karen Campbell.
  • AIPG Joint Luncheon, April 6, 2010: Heather Arends from the MDNR spoke on Minnesota aggregate resources and the DNR aggregate mapping program.


  • Kramer Burnsville Quarry tour, October 15, 2009
  • Women in Geosciences Day, October 16, 2009
  • Joint Networking Event with the Forum for Women in the Environmental Field April 29th, 2009


  • AWG sponsored tour of St Anthony Falls Lab (SAFL), Friday June 6, 2008  located at 2 Third Avenue SE, Minneapolis.  Dinner afterwards at Tuggs Taven on the St Anthony riverfront.
  • AWG wine donation to AIPG Spring Social Tuesday April 22, 2008
  • AIPG-MN & AWG-MN joint luncheon: Carrie Jennings, MGS, on "Sediment dynamics in agricultural watersheds of the Minnesota basin."
  • Networking Happy Hours (various locations)


  • SAGE Science Fair Judging - further details on the AWG SAGE program can be found at: www.awg.org/ed-out/sage/
  • AIPG-MN & AWG-MN joint luncheon: Dr. Mindy Erickson, MPCA, on Ambient Ground Water Sampling, April 2007
  • AWG Booth at South-Central and North-Central Sections, GSA
  • Networking Happy Hour, April 2007


  • Career Panel, November 2006. Thanks to all of our panelists!
  • "Women in AIPG Breakfast" at AIPG National Convention, 2006. AWG members spoke informally about their experiences in the geosciences.
  • Booth at the AIPG National Convention in St Paul, MN. See www.aipg2006.org for more information.     
  • Bell Science Museum of Natural History Science Fair:  March 4th 2006, www.bellmuseum.org for more details.
  • MnSTA: Minnesota Science Teachers Association meeting in Winona, 2006.
  • Winter Potluck, 2006