2019 GSA Northeastern Section

54th Annual Meeting

Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay
17–19 March 2019 • Portland, Maine

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.

Mentor Programs

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, first-served basis.

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 these 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 and companies. 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 partnerships, , 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.

Student Volunteers

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 dgibson@maine.edu.

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 ().

 View grant information and application details (PDF).


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Abstracts Due:
11 December

Early Registration Ends:
11 February

Hotel Deadline:
19 February

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