2019 GSA Southeastern Section

68th Annual Meeting

Southeastern Hospitality in the GeosciencesFrom Ancient Systems to Modern Resiliency

28–29 March | Charleston, South Carolina


Looking for Student Volunteers

Earn free meeting registration when you volunteer to work at the meeting for 5 hours, PLUS get an insider’s view of the meeting.

How to Sign Up: Make sure you are a GSA Student Member in good standing.
Join GSA (if not already a member). Not sure? Check your status.

  1. Sign up as a student volunteer on SignUp.com
    • Enter your email address (You can access the site as a guest. You are not required to register an account on SignUp.com)
    • Choose your spots. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
  2. Contact Cynthia Hall, , to confirm your hours and to receive the registration waiver code.
  3. Register for the meeting (click the "I am a Student Volunteer" button).


Mentor Programs

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience Luncheon
Thurs., 28 Mar., noon–1:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel
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 Luncheon
Fri., 29 Mar., noon–1:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel

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.
Learn more at www.geosociety.org/mentors.

Geoscience Career Workshops

Interested in career advice? Plan to attend a workshop for students and early career professionals to learn more about the ins and outs of the profession.

Part 1: Career Planning and Informational Interviewing
Thurs., 28 Mar., 9–10 a.m., Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel
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.

Part 2: Geoscience Career Exploration
Thurs., 28 Mar., 10–11 a.m., Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel
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.

Part 3: Cover Letters, Résumés and CVs
Fri., 29 Mar., 9–10 a.m., Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel
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 résumés helping you to learn important résumé dos and don’ts.

Part 4: Professional Geologist Licensure
Fri., 28 Mar., 10–11 a.m., Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel
Are you aware that geologists require a license to conduct professional practice in 32 states and Puerto Rico? Did you know you that there is testing as part of the licensing requirement, that should be taken right after you finish your undergraduate degree? Many employers in the engineering and environmental services sectors seek to hire geoscientists with this credential. This workshop will inform college students and early career professionals on the importance of the licensure process.


Thursday, 28 March, 2–3 p.m., Laurens Room. Chat with other representatives about their activities, goals, and accomplishments.

Student guide


The Southeastern Section is providing a guide for all first time student attendees. Written by Allie Nagurney, Southeastern Section Student Representative.


Interested in sharing information about your applied geoscience or hydrology career with students, or interested in earning CEUs by attending the meeting? Being a mentor is a rewarding experience. To learn more about serving as a mentor at Southeastern GSA, contact Jennifer Nocerino at .

The Southeastern Section Meeting also offers an excellent opportunity to earn CEUs toward your continuing education requirements for your employer, K–12 school, or professional registration. Please check the meeting website after the meeting to download your CEU certificate.

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Abstracts Due:
4 December

Early Registration Ends:
19 February

Hotel Deadline:
26 February
5 p.m., Eastern Time