2018 GSA South-Central Section

52nd Annual Meeting

Geology in the Natural State

12–13 March | Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Marriott


For Students and Early Career Professionals

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 posters/exhibits reception.

Student Volunteers

The committee and officers of the South-Central Section relies on Student Volunteers to help meetings run smoothly, and we are pleased to offer Student Volunteers complimentary registration for the meeting in return for ~7 hours of work. Contact student volunteer coordinator René Shroat-Lewis, rashroatlewatualr.edu for more information.

Mentor Programs

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience Luncheon.
Monday 12 March, noon–1:30 p.m., Arkansas Ballroom.
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 13 March, noon–1:30 p.m., Arkansas Ballroom. 
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.

Information: Jennifer Nocerino, jnocerinoatgeosociety.org.

Geoscience Career Workshops

Part 1: Career Planning and Informational Interviewing.
Monday 12 March, 9–10 a.m., Hoffman 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 freshman, sophomores and juniors. The earlier you start your career planning the better.

Part 2: Geoscience Career Exploration.
Monday 12 March, 10–11 a.m., Hoffman 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 when possible, professionals in the field, will address these issues.

Part 3: Cover Letters, Résumés, and CVs.
Tuesday 13 March, 9–10 a.m., Hoffman Room.
How do you prepare a cover letter? Does your résumé need a good edit? Whether you are currently in the market for 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.

Information: Jennifer Nocerino, jnocerinoatgeosociety.org.

Student Travel Grants

The Application Deadline (5 Feb.) has passed.

Students who are GSA members and who register for the meeting are eligible to apply for student travel grants. Not a member? JOIN NOW! The application form was available from this web page only during the pre-registration period. For further information, check the SC Section website.