Boost Your Career!

Geoscience Career Program

The new Geoscience Career Program will connect industry and students in a day of progressive sessions, including a student workshop to prepare for job searches; a morning session for students to discuss their research with sponsoring companies; and the popular Geology in Industry lunch panel. In the afternoon, students will have a chance to learn about the companies, their unique cultures and work environments, and the types of geoscience careers available. The program concludes with an evening reception for student research presenters, sponsoring corporations, and recently graduated GSA members.

Continuing Education Credits

The meeting offers an excellent opportunity for you to earn CEUs toward your general continuing education requirements. Credits are available for technical sessions, short courses, and field trips. Ten contact hours are required for one CEU. For example, one day (8 hours) of technical sessions equals 0.8 CEUs. After the meeting, contact Beth Engle to receive a meeting evaluation form. Once you’ve completed the form, please return it, and we’ll send you a CEU certificate.

Employment Service Center

GSA runs a year-round online employment service database. Prior to the annual meeting, numerous employers post jobs in this database and search résumés so that they can set up interviews during the meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity! GSA members can post their résumés for FREE. If you are close to graduating or are looking for a new position, this service is for you! More info on the main GSA website.

GSA Mentor Programs

GSA runs four mentoring programs at the Annual Meeting, all designed to

  • Develop skills and knowledge to enhance the professional and personal growth of students and K–12 teachers;
  • Concentrate on employment within various sectors (Geology in Government and Geology in Industry), specialties (John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology) and specific issues (Women in Geology);
  • Facilitate future career choices by sharing resources, skills, and knowledge;
  • Enhance professional development;
  • Provide networking opportunities with professionals and other students; and
  • Provide attendees with critical feedback (the government and industry programs are driven entirely by student questions).

K–12 Educator Events

K-12 educators register for only US$55!

  • This year we are offering four short courses for K-12 educators with a special “Attend one, attend a second FREE!” discount.
  • Plus: Two field trips;
  • And our annual Educators’ Reception.

Short Courses

GSA’s Short Courses run from four hours to two days in length and are ideal for geologists at all levels of their careers, as well as students and K-12 teachers. These courses are cost-effective and provide you with professional development to meet your personal interest and career advancement needs. In addition, these courses provide an excellent opportunity to interact and exchange information with your peers, network, and receive technical assistance.

Campus Connection (Formerly the Graduate School Information Forum)

Looking to further your education?
Stop by the Campus Connection area in the Exhibit Hall to meet face-to-face with representatives at top geoscience schools. Plan ahead and schedule interviews with participating school representatives. Last year, close to 70 schools participated.

Looking to showcase your geoscience program?
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to highlight your school to 2,500 students in a relaxed, informal setting. Find more information on the website under “Expo.”