Welcome to Geo-Badgering!
Geo-Badgering is a blog run by graduate students here at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Geo-Badgering draws on contributions from graduate and undergraduate students in the Geoscience Department, and aims to cover a broad range of topics, from communicating scientific research to a general audience, to sharing field experiences, to answering those deep questions about what an earth science education is really all about! We hope that the experiences shared here will foster a stronger community within the department, and allow for broad impacts to be made by our work and experiences!
Would you like to contribute?
We are looking for short blog posts (200-600 words) about scientific research, lab work, field experiences, internships/industry experiences, and student life in general.
Not sure what to write about? Here are some prompts!
- What is your research project about? How is it going?
- Do you do field work? What is that like?
- What do geologists do when they aren’t in the field? (Lab work? Computational work? Archival work? Class work?)
- Have you been to a great field camp or on a great field trip/short course?
- Have you had an internship? How did you get it, and how was it?
- Did you work or take time before coming to grad school? How was that?
- Have you applied for grant funding? How did that go?
- Have you passed your qualifying exams? How did you prepare?
- Are you stressed out sometimes? What do you do about that?
- Did you go to lunch with a Weeks Speaker or other guest? Interview them!
- Do you know cool things about Wisconsin Geology?
- Have you been to a conference? Do you have tips for first time conference attendees? For presenters?
- What do you wear to a job interview or a conference?
- Have you studied abroad in a program related to geology?
- How is grad school funded?
- How did you ‘shop’ for grad schools?
Social Media links for UW Geology
UW Madison GeoPath: A group of graduate and undergraduate students aiming to build near peer mentoring relationships within the Geoscience department.
UW Madison Undergrad Geology Club: Open to all undergraduates interested in learning more about geology, expanding their horizons with field trips and departmental events, and meeting new geo-friends!
Are you interested in Science Communication? Check out these other great blogs!
The University of Texas “Science, Y’all” : Science communication blog/departmental blog hosted by UT Austin graduate students.
AGU Blogs: Check out a variety of topics in Geoscience!
Science Communication Resources in the Geoscience Community:
AGU Sharing Science “Helping scientists effectively share their work with broader audiences to promote the widespread awareness of Earth and space science and its value. Network members share their science with the public, media, K-12 audiences, and/or policymakers.”
GSA Science Communication Fellowship “GSA’s Science Communication Fellowship is an opportunity for a science writer, journalist or scientist with a passion for communicating to spend 10 months gaining experience and professional contacts, working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders.”
If you’re interested in pitching science stories to broader audiences, check out these resources!
NPR Friends of Joe’s Big Idea SciComm Community: A digital community of scientists working to broaden their impact to the general public, with leadership from Joe Palca and Maddie Sofia at NPR! This is particularly focused at people who are primarily scientists, who are looking to grow their writing for the general public. Email them to get involved!
Understanding how Earth’s earliest granitic batholiths came to be: Structural geology of the 3.5-3.2 Ga East Pilbara craton, Western Australia
Nicolas Roberts (PhD expected 2021) studies billion-year old rock formations from a structural perspective. He has spent several months in the vast desert of Western Australia to untangle a unique geologic problem.March 19, 2019
Alexandra Valencia Villa (PhD expected 2023) writes about her experiences as a first generation student in the geosciences, and discusses her new initiative (GeoPath) that seeks to connect undergraduate and graduate students through mentorship.December 14, 2018
Ethan Parrish (M.S. expected 2019) shares his take on the unity between art and geoscience. Ethan was part of larger effort led by Professor Stephen Meyer to create a multimedia experience for the introductory GEO 100 class in Spring 2018.December 14, 2018
Stephen Ball (M.S. expected 2019) shares tales of his experience doing seismic field work at sea, and talks about how the experience led him to seek out internships in the oil and gas industry!December 14, 2018
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