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Pellas-Ryder Student Paper Award Nomination Deadline Extended to 9 Feb, 2018

February 1, 2018

The 2018 Pellas-Ryder award, which is sponsored jointly by the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America, will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is first author of the best planetary science paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in 2017. The award has been given since 2001, and honors the memories of meteoriticist Paul Pellas and lunar scientist Graham Ryder.

To nominate a student-led publication that was published in 2017, two letters of certification are required: (1) From the student’s department head attesting that the individual was a student at the time of paper submission to the publishing journal; (2) From the student’s advisor detailing the portion of the work done by the student and contributed by others including the advisor. Additional details are provided here:

Please email completed nomination packages (as PDF documents) to: Prof. Brad Thomson, 2017–2018 PGD Chair, bthom at by Fri, Feb 9, 2018.


Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Applications due Nov. 15th

October 23, 2017

From Ella Sciamma O’Brien:


The goal of the Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship, established in 1938 in honor of the legendary pilot and Zontian, is to assist the future of women in the fields of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

Each year, 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe, are chosen to receive the US$10,000 Fellowship.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible. To download the 2018 AE Fellowship application, click here.

Amelia Earhart Announcement Flyer for posting

Early Career Presenters Review – DPS 2017 – Sunday 10/15 – Lunch provided!  

October 10, 2017

Early Career Presenters Review – DPS 2017 – Lunch provided!  

Are you an early career scientist preparing to present your research at the 49th Annual DPS Meeting? Are you nervous, or looking for advice? Join this educational opportunity to receive feedback from seasoned presenters!  The DPS Early Career Presenters Review will take place on Sunday October 15 11:30-1:30 in the Hobble Creek room at the Utah Valley Convention Center (conference venue). Early career scientists (including undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs) attending the 49th Annual DPS Meeting are invited to practice their oral or poster presentation and receive feedback before presenting during the regular meeting. Participants also have the opportunity to network with their peers and future colleagues. Registration is free but required for To help mentor early career scientists by providing feedback, or for further information, please contact Jennifer Grier (jgrier at or Christine Shupla (shupla at

Also looking for helpful reviewers who are available to attend and provide feedback for the presenters.

DPS 2017 WiPS Event – Reg. Deadline is Today (9/29) and Keynote Speaker Announcement

September 29, 2017

Hi all,

We have just a few spots left for the DPS-Provo Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour over lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 17th and the deadline to register is today (9/29)! Please forward this invitation those who might be interested .  I will send registration confirmations over the weekend.  Registration page:

We also now have our keynote speaker lined up: Dr. Sarah Thébaud, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara has graciously agreed to talk to us about some of her research on implicit bias.  Thanks Sarah!


Two Surveys on Women in STEM

September 26, 2017

Dr. Laura McCullough (University of Wisconsin – Stout) is currently doing research involving two surveys about women in STEM.  She would like as many people as possible to participate because the populations she is looking for are unique. One survey will assess the experience of women in STEM who also have been leaders: barriers, support, path, etc. The other survey will update the work ( by McNeil and Sher (1999) on couples who are both scientists.

To participate in research on women in STEM with leadership experience, please go to the anonymous link at:

To participate in research on dual-science-career couples, please go to the anonymous link at:

To contact Laura directly, email  her at .

Women in Planetary Science Lunch at DPS 2017! – Register by Sept. 29

September 20, 2017

Announcing the 2017 DPS Women in Planetary Science Lunch! Join us for an informal meeting and discussion hour over lunch at the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, UT.

We are in the process of securing a keynote speaker, and will update the information on the registration page as we finalize the schedule.  We will present some info but leave plenty of time for discussion! 🙂

A BIG Thanks!! to both AURA and the DPS commitee for sponsoring this event again this year!


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17th
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm (lunchtime!)
Place: Cascade C Meeting Room (Level 3, Utah Valley Convention Center)


12:00-12:15 – Pick up lunches
12:15 Start of formal program


**Registration Deadline is Sept. 29th** All are welcome but pre-registration is required so we can place lunch orders (available for the first ~100 people who register) and balance the attendance size vs room size :).   If you register and find you cannot attend at a later date let Kelsi (kelsi.singer at know and we will pass your lunch on to someone on the wait list.

Registration page:


Please share widely!  We look forward to seeing you there!

~Kelsi Singer, Jennifer Hanley, Karly Pitman and The Professional Development Committee of the DPS

DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) – Seeking Nominations for New Member

September 15, 2017

From Christina Richey:

The DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) is currently soliciting nominations (including self-nominations) for membership for a two-year term.  The purpose of the PCCS is to work towards making the community of planetary scientists an environment in which professional merit is the only criterion that determines each person’s success.  The detailed charge of the PCCS, along with a list of current members, is available on the DPS web site:

The PCCS is seeking new members who are interested in working on issues that promote a broadly inclusive professional planetary science community.  Members are expected to participate in bi-monthly telecons, along with completing individual or group tasks between our regularly scheduled calls.  Any active DPS member who is interested in participating in the PCCS should send an expression of interest containing:
– a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch
– a 2-3 sentence description of why you wish you serve on PCCS, including a description of any prior experience you may have in working on diversity and inclusion-related issues

Expressions of interest should be sent to the PCCS Incoming Chair, Julie Rathbun, at rathbun at