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Call for Applications: TRELIS Workshop for Women in Geospatial Sciences Deadline 2/16/18

Thursday, January 11, 2018  
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Call for Applications
TRELIS Workshop for Women in the Geospatial Sciences in Higher Education

Do you ever question your decision to enter academia in the geospatial sciences? Are there challenges or frustrations that you have faced during your teaching or research experiences, without a sense of whom to turn to for suggestions or strategies? Or, are you wondering whether your academic situation is the right place to commit your inspiration to leadership?

The University of Maine and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) invite women in the academic sectors of the geospatial sciences (GIScience, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and mapping sciences) to apply for the 2018 TRELIS Workshop. Training and Retaining Leaders In STEM - Geospatial Sciences (TRELIS) is a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and address leadership skills, career retention strategies, mentoring training, work-life balance considerations, and practical knowledge that can be passed onto future generations of women entering academic careers in geospatial sciences. The workshop is designed for participants to develop confidence around the issues, experience a shared sense of belonging within this professional community, and engage within a mentoring framework that models what has been proven to be an effective STEM strategy, namely, women leading women.

The 2018 TRELIS Workshop will take place Saturday May 19 - Monday May 21, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. During morning and afternoon sessions, workshop participants and leaders will teach and learn through topics that directly affect women in their academic careers: work trajectories and decisions, communication and language, mentoring and coaching, obstacles and solutions, and work-life balance, all within the geospatial sciences context.

Workshop participants become TRELIS Fellows and will continue their geospatial professional development by also being part of the subsequent UCGIS Symposium and CaGIS AutoCarto, held jointly from Tuesday May 22 - Thursday May 24, 2018. TRELIS Fellows are also eligible to receive mini-grants to promote TRELIS-related activities on their own campuses.

Through funding from NSF and UCGIS, participants will have all expenses covered for both the Workshop and the subsequent Symposium. Eligible participants will be full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track) at US institutions. In 2018, preference will be given to accepting participants who would be described as being at a middle point in their careers.

We invite you to learn more about TRELIS and find the application information at The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018. Applicants will hear decisions by Monday March 5, 2018. For questions about TRELIS or the 2018 Workshop, please contact Kate Beard ( or Diana Sinton (

The TRELIS leadership team includes Kate Beard (PI, University of Maine), Laxmi Ramasubramanian (co-PI, Hunter College), Diana Sinton (co-PI, UCGIS), Sarah Battersby (Tableau Software), Barbara Buttenfield (University of Colorado), Karen Kemp (University of Southern California), and Elizabeth Wentz (Arizona State University).


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