Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Rocío Caballero-Gill '15 receives 2023 AGU Award for Advancing Inclusive Excellence in STEM

DEEPS Alumna Rocío Paola Caballero-Gill '15 was selected to receive the 2023 AGU Award for Advancing Inclusive Excellence in STEM, which recognizes exemplary efforts made by an individual or team for developing programs, systems, or networks that have led to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Earth and space sciences community.

AGU, the world's largest Earth and space science association, annually recognizes a select number of individuals for its highest honors. Caballero-Gill is recognized by the global Earth and space sciences community for her tremendous personal sacrifices and selfless dedication to advancing Earth and space sciences, and has proven success in creating and sustaining measurable change within the Earth and space science community.

Caballero-Gill received her PhD in Geology from Brown University in 2015, and served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences from 2015 to 2018. She is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, George Mason University (GMU). She is also the co-founder, inaugural Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, and member of the Leadership Council for GeoLatinas, an international organization empowering Latinas in the geosciences. Caballero-Gill actively leads and participates in multiple other advising groups and communities (CycloCohort/CycloAstro and Climatematch Academy), as well. Her unwavering dedication and leadership in the geosciences continue to make a profound impact, and we deeply appreciate her contributions to both research and diversity in the field.

Caballero-Gill joins other scientists, leaders, educators, journalists, and communicators from around the world who have made outstanding achievements and contributions by pushing forward the frontiers of science. Each recipient embodies the AGU’s community’s shared vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future powered by discovery, innovation, and action.  These recipients have worked with integrity, respect, and collaboration while creating deep engagement in education, diversity, and outreach. 

AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients at AGU23, which will convene more than 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries in San Francisco and online everywhere on 11-15 December 2023. This celebration is a chance for AGU’s community to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues and be inspired by their accomplishments and stories. 



AGU ( is a global community supporting more than half a million advocates and professionals in the Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU aims to advance discovery and solution science that accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Our programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. We live our values in everything we do, such as our net zero energy renovated building in Washington, D.C. and our Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct.