A record 461 students and 29 companies from across the nation are scheduled to participate in the 13th annual Rocky Mountain Rendezvous of Geoscience Students and Employers (RMR) job fair Sept. 26-29 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn.

One of five regional job fairs nationwide, the event is sponsored by the American Association of Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). The UW Department of Geology & Geophysics and the School of Energy Resources co-host the event.

The rendezvous includes a vendor expo; on-site job interviews; receptions; short courses; student poster presentations that include cash prizes; and field trips.

UW’s Randi Martinsen, a senior lecturer in geology and geophysics and the event’s founder and coordinator, notes that last year CNN listed petroleum geoscientist as the sixth-best job in America.

“Most petroleum geoscientists I know would rate it No. 1, as they get to explore the wonder of our dynamic earth on a daily basis -- and the pay isn’t too bad, either,” says Martinsen, AAPG’s president. “When I was a young geoscientist working for a company, I would regularly think, ‘I can’t believe they pay me to do this.’ It is very exciting and very rewarding to be part of a team of UW staff and students who work all year long to make this event happen.

“Today’s explorers are geoscientists, and the RMR is an important venue for matching up students with their dream job.”