Undergraduates attend a pilot program in Colorado, where the ESWN peer-mentoring framework is adapted for early-college students. By reducing feelings of isolation and empowering women, these workshops and follow-up activities aim to increase the representation of women in STEM fields

Earth Science Women’s Network

Our Project

ESWN members visit the California Academy of Sciences in December, 2015. Academy Director Jon Foley provided the group with a “behind the scenes” tour, and talked in depth about the role of museums in science education.

ESWN members visit the California Academy of Sciences in December, 2015. Academy Director Jon Foley provided the group with a “behind the scenes” tour, and talked in depth about the role of museums in science education.

The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) is an international peer-mentoring network of women in the Earth Sciences, many of whom are in the early stages of their careers. Their mission is to promote career development, to build community, to provide opportunities for informal mentoring, and to support professional collaborations. Providing more opportunities for women to advance in science supports discovery, innovation, and gender equity.

With its focus on earth science, ESWN members are at the front-line of research on natural hazards, energy,
climate, environmental pollution, food and water security, and environmental sustainability.

ESWN builds online and in-person networks for women to connect, share resources and advice, and build community, with nearly 3,000 members in over 50 countries. ESWN is extremely grateful to 4W and the Global Health Institute for supporting an undergraduate to work with ESWN. This 4W student is the only paid ESWN staff person. She provides critical support to our 8-person board, all full time scientists/professors.

Project Goals:

  • Continue to provide a welcoming space for women in science
  • Meet endowment challenge, raising $100,000 to receive the $50,000 match from the Madison Community Foundation
  • Partner with related groups and networks to broaden our impact, better serve women, and promote diversity across the sciences
  • Increase ability to operate as a non-profit organization

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on ESWN’s website.


Our Partners: