Disciplinary Peer Networks

2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Joint Assembly Meeting exhibit hall

Although the term “networking” can have a negative connotation, it is a great thing to be a part of local and national organizations that are composed of colleagues, peers, mentors, and friends. Through national networks in your discipline, you will be exposed to new research from the broader scientific community and have the opportunity to share your own research results and benefit your scientific discipline through conferences, journals, workshops, and committees. In addition, many of these organizations have specific programs aimed at undergraduates, often providing undergraduate only funding opportunities. It can be quite fun to realize you are a part of a scientific community!

Wikipedia has a full list of geoscience organizations for many specialties and be sure to also check out our list of National Networks for Women.

These national organizations often have local, regional, national, and international meetings–be sure to read the page about these fascinating meetings, including funding opportunities for students!

Insider Tip: Most professional organizations offer substantially discounted membership dues for students, and some even continue the discounted rate for up to five years after graduation! Don’t put off joining—membership is a great investment for your long-term career.