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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. 2014 Annual Meeting in  Vancouver, BC, Canada – early registration is through 15 September
  3. Mentor Programs at GSA Annual and Section Meetings
  4. GSA Journals — Free online access for students and recent graduates.
  5. GSA Student Research Grant Programs — applications are now being accepted, deadlines are 3 February 2015.
  6. GeoCorps™ America —Short-term summer geoscience opportunities—applications being accepted 1 December  2014, deadline is 3 February 2015.
  7. Mosaics in Science — Short-term summer STEM opportunities—applications being accepted 1 December 2014, deadline is 3 February 2015.
  8. GeoVentures — Student trips to explore Hawaii
  9. Spring 2015 GSA Section Meetings

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 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. 2014 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada

GSA’s Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Canada 19-22 October. The meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for students and recent graduates to be involved with the scientific community. Student members save >20% if they register for the full meeting by 15 September.

It’s never too early (or too late) to begin thinking about your career. Join the Careers in Industry Program at the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting, October 18-19 and learn what it takes to start a career in private industry. Registration is required but events are free. To get the most out of the Career in Industry Program, register for the Geoscience Career Workshop being held the day prior to the GSA Annual Meeting, 18 October. This student workshop will help students successfully prepare for a career in the geosciences. It will cover constructing effective cover letters, résumés, and CV’s.

Looking for a job in the near future? Be sure to create a profile in GSA’s Employment Service Center – an employment database that boosts geoscience positions (free to GSA members), and make sure to check the GSA Job Board regularly for open positions. Also, take advantage of mentor programs to connect with seasoned professionals (see item 3 below). Participate in a variety of short courses and field trips to advance your knowledge.  

There will be two special Science Communication Workshops the day prior to this year’s Annual Meeting, 18 October:

TOOLS FOR SCIENTISTS: Be Heard & Be Interesting. This interactive workshop will address how to create clear and concise messages that are targeted to your audience; how to stay on-message during a media interview; best practices in social media communications; how to approach policy makers on scientific issues, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in a safe and comfortable setting. Professionals: US$35; students US$25.

What’s Your Problem, What’s Your Point?
This early-career publishing workshop returns for a second year at the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. GSA science editors are again sharing their publishing knowledge with attendees and discussing submission and publication tips that will help your paper stand out from the rest. The workshop is free to attend (application required), and a light breakfast is provided.

Follow GSA on various social media such as Twitter (Annual Meeting hashtag #GSA2014) and on GSA's Facebook page during the Annual Meeting.  Once you register for the meeting you become part of the GSA2014 attendee group on GSA's Connected Community. Log in and activate your GSA2014 subscription from your Connected Community profile page. Share favorite places to go in Vancouver, promote your session, connect with colleagues both familiar and new. 

top3. GSA Mentor Programs

GSA currently runs five popular programs devoted to the ideals of mentorship: Geology in Industry Career Pathways Luncheon; Women in Geology Career Pathways Luncheon, Geology in Government Career Pathways Luncheon, the Student Networking Luncheon, and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. These programs are all designed to facilitate mentoring relationships between professionals in the fields of applied geology or government and university students. If you are a student seeking career advice, these programs have it, along with a free lunch and the opportunity to meet some very interesting professionals. To participate, please view the schedule for these programs at our Annual Meeting.

top4. 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 November. The deadline to submit research grant applications is 3 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.


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. 

top7. 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. 

top8. 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.  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. Trip Dates: 5-14 February 2015


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.

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