Awards for Geochronology Student Research2 (AGeS2) Program

The AGeS2 (Awards for Geochronology Student Research 2) program is a multi-year educational initiative aimed at supporting access to geochronology data and the scientific expertise of lab personnel. It offers opportunities for graduate students to develop the scientific rationale for projects involving geochronology, and then provides them with hands-on experience actually acquiring data in labs, all while being mentored by geochronologists. AGeS1 was conceived in 2012 and implemented in the framework of the NSF EarthScope program. AGeS2 grows this initial effort into a wider cross-disciplinary initiative beyond the primarily North American-based focus of EarthScope to further enhance access to geochronology data, promote geochronology training, and stimulate new synergistic science. 

AGeS2 offers support of up to $10,000 (typical awards are ~$8,300) for graduate students to visit a participating AGeS lab for a week or more, participate in the analysis and sample preparation, and learn fundamental aspects of the methods, techniques, and theory used in modern analytical facilities. Awards can be used to fund analytical costs, sample preparation, travel to the host geochronology lab, lodging, and other expenses. Students can apply for funds to use whichever method is most appropriate for their proposed research project, including, but not limited to, U-Pb, 40Ar/39Ar, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, U-series, fission-track, (U-Th)/He, 14C, cosmogenic exposure, and luminescence dating. Funds must be spent within the first year of the award.

AGeS2 plans to make 18-20 awards annually in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The proposal deadline is will be in February of each year. A new partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) will allow successful management of this broader effort.

AGeS2 is supported by NSF EAR-1759200, -1759353, -1759201 awards to R.M. Flowers (CU-Boulder, J.R. Arrowsmith (ASU), and V. McConnell (GSA).

Additional details about AGeS2, participating labs, and how to apply are coming soon!