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GSA currently offers two mentor programs to Section meetings. These are the Roy J. Shlemon Program in Applied Geoscience and the John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology. Please see for additional information about these programs.

The Shlemon Mentor Programs are designed to extend the mentoring reach of individual professionals from applied geology to undergraduates and graduate students attending GSA Section Meetings. Over free lunches, mentors and students discuss professional opportunities and challenges that await students after graduation. Every registered student will receive a free ticket to the Shlemon Luncheon along with his/her badge; however, attendance is limited.

The Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program presents mentoring opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduate students with declared interest in applied hydrogeology as a career to interact and network with practicing hydrogeology professionals. This relaxed, but focused, small-scale event features a free meal for student and professional participants. Every registered student will receive a free ticket to the luncheon along with his/her badge; however, attendance is limited.

The Process

It's easy to participate! Just contact Jennifer Nocerino, or (303) 357-1036. She will work with you to make arrangements for both mentor programs. The commitment by the Section to host the programs should take place by June 30 of the year previous to your scheduled Section meeting. This timeframe is linked to promotional efforts for the programs. The Local Chair will need to supply catering contact information to the Program Officer. Each of these programs is underwritten by funds donated to GSA Foundation. Thus, the cost of these programs to the Sections is minimal. The program covers the cost of catered food involved in these programs. However, if there is a cost to use the meeting room/space, then the Section would pay this cost. It is the responsibility of the Program Officer to settle all accounts for catering costs incurred in support of these programs.