My OTF Experience: Mikelia Heberer (16 June 2022)

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Mikelia Heberer is a first-generation college student and was very thankful to be a part of OTF during GSA Connects and have a mentor guide them through their first conference. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? The most impactful aspect of my OTF experience was meeting new people at the conference […]

My OTF Experience: Anahi Carrera (9 June 2022)

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Anahi Carrera’s passion for geoscience was reignited after attending and presenting at GSA Connects 2021 as an OTF scholar.  What was your OTF experience? Thanks to support from On To the Future, I attended and presented for the first time at a GSA national conference as a graduate student. My presentation was titled “First-Generation College […]

My OTF Experience: Rene Castillo (2 June 2022)

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OTF showed Rene Castillo that there is a community of scientists who are like them and are doing amazing things. They are inspired to continue their educational and scientific goals to solve the problems in the world around them with science. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? The most impactful aspect […]

My OTF Experience: Kyle Merandi (26 May 2022)

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Kyle Merandi found a deep sense of community while attending GSA Connects thanks to OTF, which helped them immerse themselves in the broader GSA community. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? The most impactful aspect of my OTF experience was the sense of community that I found while attending the conference. […]

My OTF Experience: Lucy Manlick (19 May 2022)

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Before OTF and GSA Connects, Lucy Manlick had impostor syndrome regarding their place in the geosciences. Since then, their confidence in geology has exponentially increased and they feel more confident in their abilities and coursework, and feel even more prepared for graduate school. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? There were […]

My OTF Experience: Ganiyat Shodunke (12 May 2022)

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Thanks to the support of donors, Ganiyat Shodunke was able to attend GSA Connects, where she had a great experience meeting and interacting with people, learning, and getting a chance to further professional and personal development.  What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience?  I would say that networking and mentorship were the […]

From Field Geologist to CEO: Brunton Is in New Hands (9 May 2022)

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Brunton is now a family-owned, geologist-owned— and, for the first time, woman-owned—Wyoming small business. The Brunton brand is known and sold worldwide, especially in the geology community where a pocket transit of any model is simply called “a Brunton.” The Geological Society of America is eager to continue working with the company under its new […]

My OTF Experience: Jordan Allen (5 May 2022)

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At GSA Connects, Jordan Allen was matched with a mid-career scientist working in academia as a mentor. This mentor helped Jordan navigate the world of science from a different perspective. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? This was my first time attending GSA. I really appreciated OTF for matching me with […]

My OTF Experience: Courtenay Duzet (28 April 2022)

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Being a student, Courtenay Duzet sometimes feels that their lack of experience can make it difficult to integrate into the geoscience and research community, but the GSA 2021 community welcomed any and all questions they had and made their input feel wanted. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? Without a doubt, […]

My OTF Experience: John Akudike (19 April 2022)

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John Akudike wants to see more students become professional geoscientists and help resolve geoscience challenges globally. John is excited that OTF is helping make that dream a reality for more students. What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience? The most impactful aspect of my OTF experience was the opportunity GSA afforded me […]