OTF student, Diamond Tachera and her mentor Judy Parrish, speak to the importance of mentorship at the 2015 Annual Meeting.
Be a Meeting Mentor at the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting
The Geological Society of America (GSA) is seeking GSA members and Annual Meeting attendees to serve as Meeting Mentors to On To the Future scholars at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, 4-7 November. Mentors are important in helping build positive views and support to students’ interested in the geosciences.
On To the Future scholars are undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates from diverse communities that have been selected to receive GSA travel funds to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting.
The Role of the Meeting Mentor
As a Meeting Mentor your role will be to help guide a student throughout the Annual Meeting and share your professional and personal experiences in the geosciences. You may share advice on choosing sessions and introduce them to others while at the conference. You may also share advice about your personal experience in your field of expertise, how you got your first job, what skills employers are looking for, etc. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions to mentors, for a list of common questions asked by students.
Meeting Mentor Qualifications
A Meeting Mentor should support their mentee during the conference, introduce them to contacts, and have a positive view of working in the geosciences, and be open to non-traditional views that an OTF student might have.
Meeting Mentor Process
- This year a new online meeting mentorship platform has been created to assist with the matching process. This new website will be student-driven. To participate log into the mentoring platform and create a profile. You must be registered for the meeting in order to log in. In your profile, you can choose to specifically mentor an OTF student by choosing OTF in the drop down box. The platform will be open 4 September.
- OTF students will drive the matching process and may request you as a mentor via the online platform. Once matched, contact your mentee at least two weeks prior to the GSA Annual Meeting to introduce yourself, your expertise, and set up a time to meet with your mentee during the conference.
- During the meeting, arrange a time to meet at least once a day for at least 30 minutes with your mentee. Discuss with your mentee their background, education, experiences, interests, and professional goals. Speak with them about your own personal experiences. Introduce your mentee to at least five contacts during the meeting.
- The end of the conference will be the end of the mentorship, however if you would like to continue the mentorship, speak with your mentee about staying in contact over email in the future.
- Complete the GSA Meeting Mentorship Online Evaluation.
For questions about this program, or to be a mentor, please contact Tahlia Bear, 303-357-1066, .