OTF student, Diamond Tachera and her mentor Judy Parrish, speak to the importance of mentorship at
the 2015 Annual Meeting.
The Geological Society of America (GSA) is seeking members and Annual Meeting attendees to serve as Meeting Mentors
to On To the Future scholars at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, 22-25 September. 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
travel funds to attend their first 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 Discussion
Guide for Mentors and Mentees 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
- All mentor-mentee matches are through a student-driven online mentorship platform. To participate log into the
mentor 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 15 July 2019.
- 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 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 Mentor
For questions about this program, or to be a mentor, please contact Tahlia Bear, 303-357-1066, .