AGI Announces Earth Science Week Theme and New National Contests for 2005
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the theme for Earth Science Week 2005: “Geoscientists Explore the Earth.” Focusing on the wide variety of careers available in the geosciences and the contributions geoscientists make to society, this theme will raise awareness among students and the public of the exciting opportunities to work in the field. Earth Science Week takes place October 9-15, 2005.
Earth Science Week 2005 will mark the eighth year that AGI has sponsored this international event as a service to the public and the geoscience community. Each year, local geoscience organizations, educators and interested individuals organize events to celebrate Earth Science Week. The week was developed to give the public new opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and stewardship of the Earth, as well as highlight the important contributions the earth and environmental sciences make to society. Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey. To learn more about this event, visit www.earthsciweek.org.
In the United States, special events for Earth Science Week will include three national contests, hosted by AGI. The contests encourage students and the public to become involved in Earth Science Week by submitting artwork, an essay or a photograph. Entries must be received by October 1, 2005. A grand prize winner in each category will win $300 and a one-year subscription to Geotimes, AGI's monthly news magazine for the Earth sciences.
More information on the Earth Science Week contests, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found at www.earthsciweek.org/contests.
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The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 43 scientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interest in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of the resources and interaction with the environment. More information about AGI can be found at www.agiweb.org/. The Institute also provides a public outreach site at www.earthscienceworld.org/.