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Geochronology is essential in the geosciences. It is used to resolve the durations and rates of earth processes, as well as test causative relationships among events. Such data are increasingly required to conduct cutting-edge, transformative, earth-science research. The growing need for geochronology is accompanied by strong demand to enhance the ability of labs to meet this pressure and to increase community awareness of how these data are produced and interpreted. For example, a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) report on opportunities and challenges for U.S. geochronology research noted: "While there has never been a time when users have had greater access to geo-chronologic data, they remain, by and large, dissatisfied with the available style/ quantity/cost/efficiency" (Harrison et al., 2015, p. 1). And the 2012 National Research Council NROES (New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences) report (Lay et al., 2012, p. 82) recommended: "[NSF] EAR should explore new mechanisms for geochronology laboratories that will service the geochronology requirements of the broad suite of research opportunities while sustaining technical advances in methodologies." The AGeS (Awards for Geochronology Student research) program is one way that these calls are being answered.
Flowers, R.M., Arrowsmith, R., McConnell, V., Metcalf, J.R., Rittenour, T., Schoene, B.S. 2019. The AGeS2 (Awards for Geochronology Student research) Program: Supporting community geochronology needs and interdisciplinary science, GSA Today 99, 36-37. https://doi.org/10.1130/GSATG392GW.1