2017 GSA South-Central Section


Geosciences in the Heart of Texas
13–14 March 2017 • San Antonio, Texas
Omni San Antonio, Hotel at the Colonnade


The committee and officers of GSA’s South-Central 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 ~5 hours of work. Contact student volunteer coordinators Gilbert Gomez or Sherry Wood for more information.

Presentation Awards
Awards for the best student posters and papers are supported by the GSA South-Central Section. To be eligible, students must be lead authors and presenters, and should be capable of answering detailed questions about their research. These awards will be announced during the Tuesday afternoon reception.

South Central Travel Grants

Check Your Travel Grant
Application Status

The application deadline (2/6/17) has passed. Recipients will be required to check in during the meeting at the GSA Registration Desk, show identification, verify their address and sign the check-in sheet to receive their check. The checks will be mailed to the recipient following the meeting. If a recipient does not check in specifically for the travel grant check-in at the GSA Registration Desk, their grant check will be voided.


Mentor Program

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience
Monday, 13 March, 12–1:30 p.m., Colonnade CA
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 Program
Tuesday, 14 March, 12–1:30 p.m., Colonnade CA
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.

Geoscience Career Workshops

Part 1: Career Planning and Informational Interviewing.
Monday, 13 March, 8–9:00 a.m., Colonnade CA
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.

Part 2: Geoscience Career Exploration.
Monday, 13 March, 9–10:00 a.m., Colonnade CA
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 when possible, professionals in the field, will address these issues.

Part 3: Cover Letters, Résumés, and CVs.
Tuesday, 14 March, 9–10:00 a.m., Colonnade CA
How do you prepare a cover letter? Does your résumé need a good edit? Whether you are currently in the job market 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.


Tuesday, 14 March, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Colonnade CA.
Have you graduated in the last five years and are either a working professional or still looking for a job?
GSA would like to support you in pursuing your professional goals. During this 45-minute session, you’ll be asked for your input regarding potential programming and activities that GSA could offer to help you reach your professional goals.


Ben Surpless

Technical Session Chair
David Turner

Field Trip Chair
Dan Lehrmann

Sponsorship Chair
Bob Stern

Student Volunteer Co-chairs
Gilbert Gomez
Sherry Wood


2017 South-Central Section Meeting Program
Program Book

2017 South-Central Section Meeting Flyer
Meeting Flyer