GS to Add Early Career Members to its Board of Directors

July 26, 2021

Students, postdoctoral scholars, and other early career scientists form a crucial segment of the Geochemical Society's membership. To make sure that we consider the needs of this population, the society is adding two new seats on its board specifically for early career researchers (ECR). The board is responsible for governing the organization and determining how our programs can best serve the international geochemistry community. Serving on the board is an opportunity to develop as a leader, meet colleagues from around the world, and make a real contribution to the society and larger community.

Early career scientists may self-nominate or be nominated by others for this role by August 20, 2021.

Definition of ECR: Early career researchers are defined as higher degree (beyond Bachelors level) students in good standing who 1) have completed at least 2 years of a PhD program (e.g., equivalent to having passed qualifying or mid-term exams where applicable) OR 2) postdoctoral researchers or faculty within 4 years of being awarded their PhD, OR 3) employees in a geochemistry-related industry within 4 years of last degree completion at the year of nomination.

Term of Service: ECR directors will serve 1 or 2 years at the discretion of the individual. This reflects the competing heavy demands on ECR time at this stage of their careers and also allows for broader participation of ECRs on the GS Board.

Duties: The duties of the ECR directors will be the same and with full Board voting and participation rights equivalent to other Non-Officer/Directors and they will be expected to attend all Board meetings, including at Goldschmidt Conferences either in-person (preferred) or virtually. Financial assistance for travel to in-person meetings will be available. It is also expected that the ECR directors will serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and other GS committees as needed.

Selection Process: Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by others. The terms of the two ECR directors will be staggered, with one ECR director elected each year starting in 2021, along with two senior directors. As part of the process, each potential nominee will be asked to write a 500-word statement indicating why they wish to serve on the Board and what they would like to accomplish, along with a brief description of their experience, which may include a website link. At least two candidates to stand for election will be selected by a sub-committee comprising members of the Executive and the Board. The successful candidate will be determined by the vote of general membership at the annual GS election in November.

Submit a nomination: To self-nominate, send your statement of interest to: To nominate someone else, send their name and email address and a member of the committee will follow up with the nominee. Nominations for the first position are due by August 20, 2021.