Student Infomation

Think you can't afford the meeting?

GSA offers several ways to help make the meeting affordable to student members.


  • Earn FREE meeting registration when you volunteer for ten hours
  • PLUS a US$25 stipend for every five hours worked
  • PLUS get an insider’s view of the meeting!
  • Sign up early for the best selection of jobs, then register for the meeting as a student volunteer.

Travel Grants

Check Your
Travel Grant
Application Status

You may now check your
application status online.

GSA Sections offer travel grants to help students attend the annual meeting. Click here to check the eligibility requirements for your Section. The application deadline was 23 September.
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Room and Ride Sharing

Use the Meetings Bulletin Board to find a roommate or share a ride to Denver. This forum is free but you must log in to the site. Click here for instructions on how to log in.

Student-Only Events

The Student Activities Committee is bringing you a variety of events to enrich your experience in Denver and provide opportunities to engage with other young geoscientists. Stay tuned for more event postings as meeting time approaches!


Be sure to visit the "Quad," Booth 453 in the Exhibits Hall. The Quad is a Student's Lounge where students can study, relax, use as a meeting place, charge phones. Hours are:
Sunday 5–7 p.m.
Mon.–Tues. 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

FREE - Student Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, 29 Oct., Noon-1 p.m., CCC, Room 201

Planning on applying for a GSA Research Grant this year?  Interested in improving your grant writing technique?

Members of the GSA Research Grant Committee will be offering a free workshop on how to prepare for writing a proposal for this prestigious research grant. GSA encourages all graduate student members to apply for funding. Grants will range from $7500 to $2500 and chances of getting funding are two to one!

Student Downtown Deal Night

Monday, 28 Oct., 6 p.m. Join other students as they visit local pubs in the Downtown Denver area. Some of the local area Pubs have offered up great deals for students attending the meeting. Maps of these local pubs, and wristbands for this event can be picked up just outside the Student Volunteer Office, CCC, 204. Be prepared to show ID.

A Night at the Museum: A Reception for Students

Tuesday, 29 Oct., 7–9:30 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Buses leave from Lobby F of the Colorado Convention Center at 6:45 p.m. and return at 9:45 p.m. Fee: $10.

Enjoy an evening with your peers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The museum is opening its doors for a fun-filled evening just for students. Explore the Prehistoric Journey, Space Odyssey, and Gems and Minerals exhibits, and mingle in the Southeast Atrium area. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available. Be sure to register for “Night at the Museum” when completing your meeting registration online.

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President's Student Breakfast Reception

Sunday, 27 Oct., 7–8:30 a.m., Mile High Ballroom 1, Colorado Convention Center

Suzanne Mahlburg KayGSA President Suzanne Mahlburg Kay invites all students registered for the meeting to attend a free breakfast buffet sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation. Sue and members of GSA leadership will be on hand to answer questions and address student issues. ExxonMobil will also be presenting the ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Awards and GSA/Bighorn Basin Field Awards.

Each student registered for the meeting will receive a complimentary ticket for the breakfast buffet. This is one of the most popular events at the meeting—Join in and take this opportunity to network with fellow students and meet the officers of GSA in a casual, friendly setting.

Best Student Geologic Map Competition

The USGS, NCGMP, in partnership with GSA, GSA Foundation, AASG, AGI, AIPG, and the Journal of Maps invite students to participate in the inaugural Best Student Geologic Map competition. The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.

Request to submit by 6 September. [ complete details ]

Mentor Programs

Geology in Industry | Geology in Government | Women in Geology

Each student registered for the meeting will receive a complimentary ticket to the Geology in Industry and the Geology in Government Luncheons. These are some of the most popular events at the meeting — so please show up early because there is limited seating. Click on the program name for dates and locations.

Geoscience Careers Student Networking Lunch

Tues., 29 Oct., 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency CCC, Centennial Ballroom D

GSA and AGI, along with PDAC and SEG, are hosting their 3rd annual Geoscience Careers Student Networking Lunch. Generously supported by GSA, AGI, PDAC, SEG, SEPM, AIPG and ConocoPhillips, this free lunch gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to bolster their networking skills by speaking with professional geoscientists from a plethora of different companies and sectors of the geoscience workforce. This informal event connects students with nearly 50 geoscience professionals who will answer questions, guide students about career opportunities and comment on job prospects within their fields. Pre-registration is necessary and students must bring their ticket to be admitted into the event.

Students who plan to attend this luncheon are required to take this survey prior to the event.

Employment Service Center

Whether you're seeking employment in the geosciences or looking to fill positions with qualified candidates, take advantage of the GSA's Employment Service Center (ESC).

Geoscience Career Program — Connecting Industry and Students

Highlight your research and begin a dialogue with representatives from a variety of companies. You may take part in the entire program, or portions of it.
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