AGeS: Awards for Geochronology Student Research

AGeS2 Program

Awards for Geochronology Student Research2

About AGeS2

2022 is a gap year in funding for the regular AGeS program. In 2022, AGeS will use remaining funds to test a second, pilot program, called AGeS-DiG (Diversity in Geochronology). If successful, and if funding is obtained to continue AGeS, we hope to continue both the graduate proposal program and AGeS-DiG in future years.

Deadline: 1 February 2022, 11:59 p.m. MST (Partner Letter deadline is 8 February 2022, 11:59 p.m. MST))

Eligibility: Proposals can be submitted by scientists anywhere in the U.S., including by those at the senior, postdoc, and graduate levels. The proponent(s) will be responsible for managing the project, coordinating with AGeS leadership on planning and funds disbursal, and reporting. AGeS labs are eligible to apply directly for this funding and may otherwise be engaged in DiG proposals, but it is not a requirement that a lab be involved in DiG projects. If applicants wish to interact with a lab as part of the project, they are encouraged to initiate contact with an AGeS lab using the contact information listed on the lab profile. As of 2021, there are >60 labs and >100 senior geochronologists associated with AGeS. If you are interested in working with a lab who is not yet part of the AGeS lab network, please encourage the lab to join the program  by submitting a lab profile to AGeS. (GSA membership is required)

Typical amount of award: $12,000 to $15,000

Estimated number of awards: 3 to 4 awards are expected in 2022

AGeS-DiG Overview: DiG is a pilot program of AGeS aimed at expanding access to geochronology for those underrepresented in the Earth sciences. AGeS-DiG seeks creative geochronology projects or initiatives designed to engage, train, and educate students at all levels (including undergraduate and community college) who have not traditionally had equal access to opportunities to be trained in geochronology methods. The goal of AGeS-DiG is to generate and test innovative ideas to expand geochronology access, which may position the PIs of the most impactful projects to successfully seek future support from funding agencies to continue and/or broaden their project’s scope.

Examples of possible AGeS-DiG projects include but are not limited to: opportunities for underserved groups to visit labs in person to acquire data for project(s); training of an underrepresented cohort in geochronology methods and remote data acquisition for a project; or other innovative concepts. Priority will be given to projects that emphasize authentic research experiences for the students.

Proposals should focus on participant(s) who have not traditionally had equal access to geochronology resources. Proposals should state the underrepresented group(s) to be targeted, make the case that students of this group are underrepresented in geochronology and therefore are appropriate to target with an AGeS-DiG project, and outline how these students will be recruited to the project.

Proposed projects should be one year in duration. Funded projects will be required to administer pre- and post-project AGeS surveys to student participants, to submit a final project report, and to construct a concise project blog-post to be posted on the AGeS website. We anticipate making ~4 awards of $12-15k during the 2022 proposal cycle. Awards will not be grants to institutions. Awards will be paid to support travel or other appropriate purchases or directly to laboratory invoices for services.

Details on proposal preparation, review process, and the review criteria are coming soon.

AGeS geochronology labs: Any lab in the United States or its territories can participate. View the list of AGeS labs.

View the slides  from a presentation at the 2019 GSA Annual Meeting

Read about the AGeS program in a GSA Today Groundwork article.

Goals of AGeS2

  • Broaden access to geochronology data
  • Educate users of geochronology data
  • Promote synergistic science by fostering new relationships between labs and other disciplines
  • Provide strategic, high-quality, scientifically valuable geochronology data for projects in which both users and producers of the data are intellectually engaged


Funded grants must be completely expensed within one year of the award.

Thanks to NSF for Supporting AGeS

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

AGeS awardee Victor Guevara (VA Tech) collecting samples for his U-Pb TIMS geochronology project.

AGeS awardee Victor Guevara (Virginia Tech) collecting samples for his U-Pb TIMS geochronology project.