2020 Joint Section Meeting

Looking for Student Volunteers

Earn free meeting registration when you volunteer to work at the meeting for 8 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 Genius.
♦ Enter your email address. (You can access the site as a guest. You are not required to register an account.)
♦ Choose your spots. Make sure your shifts equal at least 8 hours. SignUp Genius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
2. Contact Wilma B. Aleman to confirm your hours and to receive the free registration code.
3. Register for the meeting (click the "I am a Student Volunteer" button).

Opportunities for Students and Early Career Professionals

Career Mentoring Luncheons

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. Students and early career professionals are welcome.

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. The series will be led by workshop presenters and geoscientists. No registration is required, and everyone is welcome.

Learn more about mentors and career workshops, or contact Jennifer Nocerino at jnocerino@geosociety.org.

Student Travel Grants

Application deadline: 18 February
Students who are GSA members and who register for the meeting are eligible to apply for student travel grants from their respective sections. Not a member? JOIN NOW!

Northeastern Section


For more information and eligibility about applying, go to the Northeastern Section student grants page.

Southeastern Section


For more information and eligibility about applying, go to the Southeastern Section student grants page.

Travel Awards for Non-Traditional Students

Applications will be accepted through 5 February to attend the Joint Section Meeting. Students nationwide who work full-time, care for dependents, or are considered non-traditional are eligible to apply for a travel award. Send questions to Tahlia Bear, Diversity and Career Officer, tbear@geosociety.org.

Get application details and see a sample budget sheet and tips



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

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:
10 December

Early Registration Ends:
18 February

Hotel Deadline:
26 February