The Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee, H3S, is dedicated to a number of ideas and issues within the geosciences complementary to those highlighted by the larger Hydrology Section. We strive to provide student members with opportunities for professional development as well as social interaction and networking within the broader geosciences community, which we achieve by organizing activities at AGU Meetings and online.
The committee currently comprises twelve students elected by members from the previous year through an online application process. Each member serves a minimum of one calendar year (Jan-Jan), up to two years. Meetings are held once every month and are led by the committee chair. This member is the spokesperson for the committee and has veto/tiebreaker rights over group decisions. The committee co-chair is first substitute in the chair’s absence, and this person also assumes leadership as chair the following year.
We structured our efforts in 2016 around the following events and themes that are detailed below to provide our members with opportunities for professional development and networking:
The aim of the Student and Early Career Scientist Conference was to provide students and early career scientists the opportunity to network while learning or refreshing new skills that might be applicable in the next part of their career.
The one-day conference was organized in collaboration with AGU. AGU provided a track with more general workshops and H3S focused on workshops that could benefit early career scientists within hydrology. In the afternoon, a panel discussion with experts in each area of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus gave the audience the opportunity to discuss challenges related to these topics. The panel discussion was followed by an interactive session where teams were tasked with decision making on a food-water-energy topic. This conference provided also the opportunity to network with students and invited speakers through the day.
The Pop-Up sessions provide a platform for early career scientists to share their vision for the future of water sciences and geosciences both addressing technical challenges as well as social and economic aspects of research.
Approximately fifteen speakers gave 5-minute, lightning-style talks on a variety of topics in each session. Talks in the Water Sciences session included green stormwater infrastructure, cloud computing in hydrology and a demonstration of the water cycle through a Rube Goldberg machine. The Social Dimensions talks included improving accessibility and diversity in the geosciences, the intersection of art and science for climate communication, sexual harassment, and the challenges of conducting citizen science. This was the first year we invited speakers to present on select topics, and this proved to be successful.
The main purpose of the early career social mixer was to give students and early career scientists the opportunity to network, share ideas and exchange experiences with each other.
We encouraged students and early career scientists in 2016 to attend two social events. The first event was organized by AGU and was targeting students of all sections. The second event, advertised as social mixer, was organized by CUAHSI. This event targeted students and early career scientists within hydrology or related fields. Both events reached their goal and students and early career scientists were able to interact in a less formal setting, share some ideas about future research, and give their vision on hydrology and the way it could evolve.
One of the key initiatives taken up by the H3S committee is to reach out to a greater number of early career scientists through the use of social media. Through our twitter handle (@AGU_H3S), we disseminate important publications in hydrology, tweet articles focusing on issues faced by early career scientists and ease the navigation of the early career attendees at the AGU Fall Meeting.
We took in 2016 to tumblr to post about the research life of early career scientists through the AGU tumblr page. Leveraging on the impressive resources on the Young Hydrologic Society’s blog, we started a new segment called Hallway Conversations, where we posted interviews with eminent hydrologists. In addition to the research angle, the Hallway Conversations also focused on the career trajectory of these scientists, their vision for the future and their suggestions for the next generation of hydrologists. In order to help students in the search for their next positions (PhD and PostDoc), we compiled a list of (semi)-exhaustive resources useful for students looking for their next academic job in water sciences. We also started a facebook group where links to early career scientist openings are posted regularly (almost daily!). We took to other online platforms (like the GEWEX) to help the early career hydrologists navigate the Fall Meeting.
In 2016 H3S took several initiatives to encourage students to find service opportunities and become involved in service activities as part of their graduate education. We began a service listing that was posted online of potential service opportunities ranging from environmental and water resources citizen groups to development and mentoring organizations. We also held a service activity after AGU 2016, where we joined a local environmental stewardship group, Grassroots Ecology, on a watershed monitoring trip.
Outlook for 2017
For the summer of 2017, we will hold an Online Townhall meeting in July. The purpose of this meeting is to connect with the young hydrology community members, receive their input and provide a platform that can be used to get their ideas, questions or concerns heard.
A series of workshops, panel discussions and Pop-Up sessions are planned for the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans. We will be addressing the question about differences in the hydrology community between students’ and early career scientists’ needs and challenges. We invite the hydrology community to submit an abstract for a 5 minute TED-style presentations at our 2017 Pop-Up sessions. This year we have Pop-Up sessions on the topics of (1) future directions in water sciences, (2) growth mindset in graduate research, and (3) redefining the role of science in society.
A closer collaboration and exchange of ideas, visions, and experiences between the Young Hydrology Society, H3S, and other groups (e.g. GEWEX), will improve our ability to answer questions from our AGU hydrology student base and address their needs.
We have seen steady growth in the number of members we reach through our social media channels and are committed to growing our online community. We share research and professional development opportunities through our twitter account, @AGU_H3S. We highlight our student and early career members in profile features on the AGU Tumblr site (https://americangeophysicalunion.tumblr.com/tagged/profile). Join us online to meet our many fantastic members!
Annual Evaluation Report 2016 [H3S Report 2016]