GSA Student Mentor Programs and Career Workshops
The GSA GeoCareers Program Officers will once again run two student programs in Portland. These are (1) the
Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience and John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program
luncheons, which have run for 19 and 15 years, respectively; and (2) three 50-minute career workshops to
assist students with job hunting and résumé writing skills.
John Mann Mentors Program in Applied Hydrogeology
Sunday, 17 March; noon–1:30 p.m., Casco Bay Exhibit Hall
The John Mann Mentors Program, cosponsored by Nestle Waters North America and the GSA Foundation, presents
students and early career professionals with thinking of working hydrogeology an opportunity to interact
with practicing hydrogeological professionals. Mentors and attendees can discuss career opportunities in the
various sub-fields of hydrogeology and review the challenges that they present after graduation. Space is
limited to 100 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Roy J. Shlemon Mentors Program in Applied Geoscience
Monday, 18 March; noon–1:30 p.m., Casco Bay Exhibit Hall
The Shlemon Mentors Program, cosponsored by the GSA Foundation, extends the mentoring reach of individual
professionals from the fields of applied geology to students and early career professionals attending GSA
Section meetings. Mentors and attendees discuss real-life issues, including professional opportunities and
the challenges that await students entering the work force. Space is limited to 100 on a first-come,
Professional Mentors and Corporate Sponsorships
We are seeking professionals to serve as mentors in the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied
Geoscience and John Mann Mentors in
Applied Hydrogeology Program. Being a mentor is a rewarding experience.
Sponsors enjoy meeting geology students as potential employees, so we will work with you to bring
two groups together. Whenever possible, we like to reach out to industry representatives involved at
Northeastern Section meetings to mentor students. The students really enjoy talking to these
individuals who can describe their career paths and what opportunities there are in their industries
To learn more about serving as a mentor, contact Jennifer Nocerino at
Additionally, corporate sponsorships have been used toward the mentor programs to
increase the number of students who are able to attend. If there are any possibilities for involving
sponsors in the mentor programs, please contact Debbie Marcinkowski, GSA’s director of corporate
or the 2019 Northeastern Section Meeting sponsorship chair, Clifford W. Lippitt,
Geoscience Career Workshops
Geoscience Career Workshop Part 1: Career Planning and Informational Interviewing
Sunday, 17 March, 8–9 a.m., Lincoln Room
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
freshman, sophomores and juniors. The earlier you start your career planning the better.
Geoscience Career Workshop Part 2: Geoscience Career Exploration
Sunday, 17 March, 9–10 a.m., Lincoln Room
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, Resumes, and CVs
Sunday, 17 March, 10–11 a.m., Lincoln Room
How do you prepare a cover letter? Does your resume need a good edit? Whether you are currently on the job market or
not, learn how to prepare the best resume possible. You will review numerous resumes helping you to learn important
resume do’s and don’ts.
Take advantage of work opportunities to earn free registration. Students interested in helping with the various
aspects of the meeting should contact David
Gibson, University of Maine at Farmington firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geology Club Officer Meet-up
Sunday, 17 March, 5:30–6:15 p.m., Massachusetts Room
If you are a geology club officer or are interested in starting a club on your campus, plan to meet-up and chat with
other representatives about their activities, goals, and accomplishments. Light refreshments and cash bar.
Funding for Students
The Northeast Urban Travel Award
Application deadline: 22 Feb., 5 p.m. EST
The Northeast Urban Travel Award provides generous funding to students who work full-time or care for dependents.
Apply before Friday, 22 February 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Questions: email Tahlia Bear
information and application details (PDF).