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Why GSA Membership is Important to Me

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith
GSA Member Since 2013

Being a member of GSA has been integral to my professional development [when I was] a graduate student. The 2014 GSA Annual Meeting was my first scientific meeting, and it really opened my eyes to the importance of networking. As a GSA member, I received a Graduate Student Research Grant that was essential to my Master’s thesis. I recently became a GSA Campus Representative, which allows me to serve as a source of information about GSA membership, meetings, funding and volunteer opportunities.

My advice to all geoscience students . . .
is to attend GSA annual and sectional meetings, apply for student and conference travel grants, and to be an active member. You never know when you are going to meet someone who can help you.

Catherine Smith
Master’s Student, University of South Florida
College of Marine Science


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