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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.

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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 Student Research Grant Programs — applications are now being accepted, deadlines are 3 February 2015.
  4. 2015 Section Meetings / Mentor Programs / Geoscience Career Workshops
  5. GeoCorps™ America —Short-term summer geoscience opportunities—applications being accepted 1 December  2014, deadline is 3 February 2015.
  6. Mosaics in Science — Short-term summer STEM opportunities—applications being accepted 1 December 2014, deadline is 3 February 2015.
  7. GeoVentures — Student trips to explore Hawaii
  8. 2015 GSA Annual Meeting — Baltimore, MD – Short Course Proposals Due & On to the Future Student Travel Awards

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. Student members also receive one Division membership for free. Check the list of Divisions and stay connected with your specialty science. Join online to get extended membership through December 2015, and save US $5 by using Promotion Code: JoinGSA15. Membership dues are only US $25 with this offer. Offer is valid through 31 December.

If you’re already a GSA member, renew your membership for 2015 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).


GSA Student members have several ways to obtain funding to support their research. Graduate students can apply for up to US $2,500 to support masters and doctoral thesis research through the GSA Graduate Student Research Grants Program. Applications will be accepted beginning in early December. The deadline to submit research grant applications is 2 February 2015.

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 2015 membership.


GSA’s 2015 regional Section meetings are taking place March–May. Section meetings offer the perfect venue to present your research, consult with mentors, and connect with geoscientists in both your geographic and geological areas. Some Sections’ abstract deadlines are in early December; don’t delay submit your oral or poster abstract today.

Attending your section meeting? Join us at one of our spring mentor programs, the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Programs in Applied Geoscience and/or the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Mentors from the applied geosciences provide advice and potential employment contacts to student attendees. Everyone who attends receives a free lunch.

Don’t forget to register for GSA’s Geoscience Career Workshop series taking place at the 2015 Section Meetings. Three workshops will be offered exploring geoscience career options, introduction to career planning, networking, and cover letter and resume/CV writing. Most workshops will feature presentations from professionals in the field.  Check your local GSA Section website for registration and details.


The GeoCorps™ America program is a great way to gain field experience!  The program places GSA members in paid, short-term volunteer 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 2015 positions will be posted on 1 December 2014; the application deadline is 3 February 2015. 

top6. MOSAICS in Science — Summer 2015 Opportunities

The National Park Service/GSA “Mosaics in Science” (MIS) program offers paid, short-term, multidisciplinary “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) volunteer projects at National Park sites across the United States. The goal of MIS is to provide youth (ages 17-25) that are typically under-represented in science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experiences with the National Park Service. Summer 2015 positions will be posted on 1 December 2014; the application deadline is 3 February 2015. 

top7. GeoVentures — Student trips to explore 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.  This field trip enables you to test your skills in the field, learn about volcanic activity and see a wide range of volcanic processes close at hand. Trip Dates: 5-14 February 2015


Deadline to apply for all three awards is 17 April 2015.

  1. Field Camp Scholar Award – 20 undergraduate students will be awarded $2,000 each to attend the field camp of their choice based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.
  2. Field Camp Excellence Award – One field camp will receive an award of $10,000 to assist with the summer field season. This award will be based on safety awareness, diversity, and technical excellence.
  3. Bighorn Basin Field Award – All expenses paid field seminar in the Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming emphasizing multi-disciplinary integrated basin analysis for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.


Call for 2015 GSA Annual Meeting Short Course Proposals
Short course proposal deadline: 2 February 2015

Share your unique knowledge and experience in our dynamic annual meeting setting. Learn how to submit your short course proposal.

Travel Awards for Underrepresented Students
GSA is excited to announce the release of the On To the Future (OTF) application in January 2015. Students underrepresented in the geosciences are encouraged to apply to receive partial funding to attend GSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting, November 1-4, in Baltimore, MD. To find out if you qualify, see the OTF website or sign-up for an email notification when the application period is open.

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