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About Us

On To the Future (OTF) celebrates the growing diversity of the GSA community and the importance of GSA's student membership through inviting, supporting, and mentoring an increased number of students from diverse backgrounds to their first GSA meeting. This community is designed to provide a place for OTF student participants to gain exposure to the wide array of geoscience research and career options available to them. It is intended to facilitate effective mentoring relationships and networking opportunities to help OTF participants become engaged members of the scientific and professional community.

On To the Future (OTF) is an initiative of the GSA Diversity Committee with strong support from the GSA President and Council.  The program forms part of GSA's 125th celebrations and will continue onwards to provide a lasting way for the Society to grow its diverse membership base and provide opportunities to traditionally under-represented groups.

On to the Future Goals

1. To enable a cohort of diverse students to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting.

2. To provide that cohort with information, activities, and opportunities in career and leadership development to increase the pool of participants in the global geoscience workforce.

3. To build and sustain relationships among all OTF participants through ongoing opportunities for community service and career development.

On To the Future Facts

  • In its inaugural year, OTF funded 121 students to attend the 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

  • Of the 121 students, 22 were from the South-Central region, 14 from the Southeastern region, 23 from the Northeastern region, 19 from the Cordilleran region, 20 from the Rocky Mountain region, and 13 from the North-Central region.

  • The average award amount was $680.

  • 47% of OTF students were the first students in their families to attend college (first-generation); 39% non-Caucasian; 7% veterans; and 7% students with disabilities.

  • 56% of students were undergraduates; 41% graduate students; and 4% high school students.