earth science

WiSE Post-Doctoral Researcher Receives Young Scientist Award

Dr. Iwona Klonowska, a Research Associate in the Thermochronology and Tectonics group in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Jan Bergström Young Scientist Award. The Geological Society of Sweden annually presents this award to recognize young geoscientists who are making noteworthy research contributions.

“I am genuinely honored to have been awarded the Jan Bergström Young Scientist Award for 2019,” Dr. Klonowska said. “Being recognized by the geological community for the scientific input just two years after my dissertation makes me feel empowered. Such awards show that all the energy we put into our research does matter for science and society.”

Dr. Klonowska is a post-doctoral member of Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). She attributes her opportunities and success to her mentors and network and hopes that others can also benefit from opportunities in science fields.

“I was fortunate to have amazing mentors and create a diverse network early in my career; it has opened an exciting scientific path for me and enabled to be a post-doc here at Syracuse University,” she said. “I wish we can attract more young people to make scientific careers and give them an opportunity to work at any research institution around the world.”

WiSE Co-Sponsorship Funds Support Dr. Lisa Morgan as Keynote for CNY Earth Science Student Symposium

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) began offering Women Scholars Co-Sponsorship grants to help facilitate the ability of SU STEM departments to bring women speakers to campus for department seminars, colloquium, conferences, etc. The purpose of the co-sponsorship funds is to encourage departments to invite more women and people of color to campus to serve as role models for students in the STEM disciplines, demonstrating that diversity drives innovation and that SU is an institution that values inclusive excellence. WiSE requested that 15-25% of these funds be used to meaningfully connect underrepresented students and post docs, especially women, with the speaker.

The Earth Sciences department submitted and received co-sponsorship funds in support of Dr. Lisa Morgan’s visit to campus for the Central New York Earth Science Student Symposium held on April 14, 2018. Dr. Morgan is a geologist emeritus with the United States Geological Survey and spent almost her entire career with the USGS, studying rhyolitic volcanism associated with the Yellowstone hotspot magmatic system.

During her visit, Dr. Morgan met with women graduate students at lunch and dinner meetings, held discussions with current graduate students about their research, and offered feedback to students presenting at two poster and two oral presentation sessions. Additionally, Dr. Morgan gave a keynote speech on recent geologic discoveries in the floor of Yellowstone Lake within Yellowstone National Park and an up-close experience of a Syracuse Lava Project experiment investigating how basaltic lava flows interact with topography. Funding acquired from the Women Scholars Co-Sponsorship was used to pay for round trip airfare and lodging as well as food during meetings with students. Participants in these opportunities were particularly inspired by hearing about Dr. Morgan’s professional journey and the perseverance she exhibited as the first female career scientist with the USGS.