2019 GSA Cordilleran Section

115th Annual Meeting

15–17 May 2019 | Portland, Oregon USA

Oregon Convention Center

Opportunities for Students and Early Career Professionals

Mentor Programs

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience

Wed., 15 May, noon–1:30 p.m., Oregon Convention Center, Room B112.

Students and early career professionals will have the opportunity to discuss career prospects and challenges with applied geoscientists from various sectors over a free lunch.

John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology

Thurs., 16 May, noon–1:30 p.m., Oregon Convention Center Room, B112.

Students and early career professionals interested in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career will have the opportunity to network with professionals in these fields over a free lunch.

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Geoscience Career Workshops

Part 1: Career Planning and Informational Interviewing.

Wed., 15 May, 9–10 a.m., Oregon Convention Center, Room B112.

Your job hunting process should begin with career planning, not when you apply to jobs. This workshop will help you begin this process and will introduce you to informational interviewing. This section is highly recommended for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The earlier you start your career planning the better.

Part 2: Geoscience Career Exploration.

Wed., 15 May, 10–11 a.m., Oregon Convention Center, Room B112.

What do geologists in various sectors earn? What do they do? What are the pros and cons to working in academia, government, and industry? Workshop presenters and professionals in the field will address these issues.

Part 3: Cover Letters, Résumés and CVs.

Thurs., 16 May, 9–10 a.m., Oregon Convention Center Room, B112.

How do you prepare a cover letter? Does your résumé need a good edit? Whether you are currently in the market for a job or not, learn how to prepare the best résumé possible. You will review numerous résumés helping you to learn important résumé dos and don’ts.

Best Student Posters and Papers

Awards for the best student posters and papers are supported by the GSA Cordilleran Section. To be eligible, students must be lead authors and presenters and should be capable of answering detailed questions about their research. Judging will take place during the conference, and awards will be announced after the meeting.


The committee and officers of GSA’s Cordilleran Section rely on student volunteers to help meetings run smoothly, and we are pleased to offer student volunteers complimentary registration for the meeting in return for a minimum of five of hours worked. There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities available so students should contact the volunteer coordinator (Frank Granshaw, ) as soon as possible. We recommend that students wait until receiving notification of acceptance as a volunteer before registering.


Deadline to apply: 8 April
The GSA Cordilleran Section is pleased to offer support to GSA Student Members for the cost of travel the meeting.


Not a member? JOIN NOW! For more information about eligibility and applying, go to the Cordilleran Section student grants page.

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5 February
Abstracts Submission

8 April
Early Registration

15 April