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GSA for Geoscience Students

As a student of the geosciences, or recent graduate, you will find valuable information here, regarding Geological Society of America (GSA) programs, opportunities and deadlines.

Click here to view and/or print an at-a-glance flyer with upcoming opportunities and dates. For more information please see below.

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Content summary:
  1. GSA Membership — Students and Recent Graduates who renew by 15 December or join by 31 December save US $5.
  2. GSA Journals — Free online access for students and recent graduates.
  3. GSA 2014 Section Meetings and Mentor Programs.
  4. GSA Student Research Grant Programs — applications are now being accepted, deadlines are 3 February 2014.
  5. GeoCorps™ America — Summer 2014 opportunities—applications are open, deadline is 4 February 2014.
  6. GeoVentures — Student trips to explore Hawaii
  7. GSA/ExxonMobil Field Programs
  8. Congressional Visits Day / Congressional Science Fellow

top1. GSA Membership

GSA Student and Recent Graduate Memberships are incredible values. If you are not already a member of GSA, join right away in order to take advantage of benefits such as free online access to Geology, GSA Bulletin, Geosphere and Lithosphere, as well as the other programs outlined here. Join online to get extended membership through December 2014, and save US $5 by using Promotion Code: JoinGSA14. Membership dues are only US $25 with this offer. Offer is valid through 31 December.

When filling out the online new-member application, be sure to click on “Next” after you print your dues receipt to note who referred you. By doing so, you will be mailed a special GSA 125th Anniversary package.

If you’re already a GSA member, renew your membership for 2014 before 15 December and save US $5. When you renew, you’ll also have an opportunity to review and make changes to your contact information, if necessary.

Recent Graduates may join GSA and enjoy many of the same great benefits and lower dues as student members. Recent Graduates are those not currently enrolled as a student, received a degree in geology or related science within the last two years, and are not planning to re-enter an academic program.

top2. GSA Journals

Student and Recent Graduate members get FREE online access to GSA’s premier journals included with their membership—GSA Bulletin, Geology, Geosphere, and Lithosphere (a US $195 value).


Start planning now to participate in the GSA’s regional Section meetings in the spring. Section meetings offer the perfect venue to present your research, connect with geoscientists in both your geographic and geological areas and consult with mentors. The Roy J. Shlemon Mentors in Applied Geology programs will run at each Secion meeting. Don’t miss out on these popular programs devoted to the ideals of mentorship in geoscience.


GSA Student members have several ways to obtain funding to support their research. Graduate students can apply for up to US $2500 to support masters and doctoral thesis research through the GSA Graduate Student Research Grants Program. Applications are now being accepted through 3 February 2014.

The Gladys W. Cole Memorial Research Award supports research in geomorphology of semiarid and arid terrains in the United States and Mexico. The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award supports research in invertebrate micropaleontology. Both awards will be given each year to GSA Members or Fellows between 30 and 65 years of age who have published one or more significant papers in geomorphology or invertebrate micropaleontology, respectively.

Looking for funding to support your desert studies? The Farouk El-Baz Student Research Award may be your resource. Applicants must be either in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, or at the Masters or Ph.D. level.

Several GSA Divisions offer grants for outstanding research. Now’s the time to make sure you’re a member of the Divisions that align with your geological interests. Student members now get one free Division membership of their choice with their 2014 membership.


The GeoCorps™ America program is a great way to gain field experience! The program places GSA members in temporary paid positions during the summer (and now also in the fall/winter) across the U.S. to assist the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management with geoscience projects, including topics in paleontology, hydrogeology, glaciology, mapping and GIS, education, and geohazards.

Summer 2014 positions have just been posted; the application deadline is 4 February 2014.
Examples of the Summer 2014 opportunities include: monitoring glaciers at Denali National Park and Preserve, hunting for fossils at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and guiding visitors through caves in the Tongass National Forest.

top6. geoVentures — Student trips to expore hawaii

Join a GeoVentures trip for a week of field exploration of one of the Earth's most active volcanoes - Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Two trips are available in 2014—one in February and then in July/August. These field trips enable you to test your skills in the field, learn about volcanic activity and see a wide range of volcanic processes close at hand.

top7. GSA/ExxonMobil Field Programs

The GSA/ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award runs each August in the Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming and emphasizes multi-disciplinary integrated basin analysis for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. This one week field experience is all expenses paid for students and is team taught by ExxonMobil staff.

The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Award is for undergraduate students to attend summer field camp. Seventeen students are awarded $2,000 each to attend the field camp of their choice each summer based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.

top8. Congressional Visits Day / Congressional Science Fellow

Congressional Visits Day brings 200 scientists and engineers to Washington, D.C. to advocate for scientific research. High-level administration and congressional briefings will take place on 25 March followed by a day of congressional visits that have been arranged for you on 26 March. Please contact GSA’s Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White, , for additional information.

Apply to be the 2014–2015 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. Put your knowledge and experiences to work helping shape science and technology policy by spending a year working on Capitol Hill. The application deadline: 1 February 2014.

If any of your classmates or colleagues might be interested in these programs or GSA membership, please direct them to this webpage.