Cordilleran Section

Opportunities for Students and Early Career Professionals

Career Mentoring Luncheons for GSA Student Members

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience.

GSA Student members 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 Program.

GSA Student members interested in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career will have the opportunity to network with professionals in these fields over a FREE lunch.

Career Workshop Series

This three-part series will feature career development planning, an exploration of geoscience job sectors, and information on best practices for crafting a résumé and cover letter. Non-technical skills and workforce statistics will be reviewed. No registration is required, and everyone is welcome.

Geoscience Career Workshop Part 1
Career Planning and Informational Interviewing.

Your job-hunting process should begin with career planning, not when you apply for 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.

Geoscience Career Workshop Part 2
Geoscience Career Exploration.

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.

Geoscience Career Workshop Part 3
Cover Letters, Résumés and CVs.

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 examples to help you learn important résumé dos and don’ts.

To learn more about mentors and career workshops, go to or contact Jennifer Nocerino at

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 (Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, ) as soon as possible. We recommend that students wait until receiving notification of acceptance as a volunteer before registering.

Student Travel Grants

Application Deadlinee: 6 April

Students who are GSA members and who register for the meeting are eligible to apply for student travel grants. Not a member? Join now!

For more information and eligibility about applying, go to the Cordilleran Section travel grants page.

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Abstracts Due:
11 February

Early Registration Ends:
6 April

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