Rocky Mountain Section

Opportunities for Students and Early Career Professionals

Career Mentoring Luncheons - GSA Student Members

Ask your career-related questions and learn about non-academic pathways in the geosciences while networking with professionals at the Roy J. Shlemon and John Mann Mentor Luncheons.  GSA Student members are welcome.

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience.
Mon., 4 May, noon–1:30 p.m., Utah Valley Convention Center Soldier Creek Room.

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.
Tues., 5 May, noon–1:30 p.m., Utah Valley Convention Center Soldier Creek Room.

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.
Mon., 4 May 4, 9–10 a.m., Utah Valley Convention Center Soldier Creek Room.

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.
Mon., 4 May, 10–11 a.m., Utah Valley Convention Center Soldier Creek 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, Résumés and CVs.
Tues., 5 May, 9–10 a.m., Utah Valley Convention Center Soldier Creek Room.

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

Student Volunteers

Take advantage of work opportunities to earn free meeting registration. Students interested in helping with the various aspects of the meeting should contact Justin White,

Student Travel Grants

Application Deadlinee: 30 March

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 Rocky Mountain Section student grants page.


If you would like to share your interest, enthusiasm, and experience in applied geology, consider being a GSA mentor at the meeting. Being a mentor is a rewarding experience. To learn more, contact Jennifer Nocerino at

This meeting also offers an excellent opportunity to earn CEUs toward your continuing education requirements for your employer, K–12 school, or professional registration. The CEU certificate can be downloaded from the meeting website after the meeting.

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Abstracts Due:
4 February

Early Registration Ends:
30 March

Hotel Deadline:
13 April