Student Education

Led by the industry’s most renowned researchers, industry experts and superintendents, GCSAA seminars are sure to help you achieve your career goals as you learn techniques, strategies and solutions that you can apply immediately at your facility.

All seminars will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. Lunch is provided for attendees of one-day seminars, as well as for those registered for two half-day seminars on the same day. 

Appropriate attire for seminar attendees is business casual attire; jackets are recommended.

Student Pricing

Full-day seminars
8 am – 5 pm

0.7 Pts
$95 student member 
$280 nonmember

Half-day seminars
8 am – noon, or 1 pm - 5 pm 

0.35 Pts 
$70 student member 
$205 nonmember

Two-hour seminars
As scheduled

0.2 Pts
 $45 student member 
$130 nonmember

1.5 - hour seminars
As scheduled

0.2 Pts
$35 student member 
$105 nonmember

Learning Tours
See Schedule

0.7 Pts
$205 member/nonmember
Student pricing not available.

Full-day seminars  8AM - 5PM
1.5-Hour Seminars
Free Sessions

Beginning January 2, 2019, GCSAA will open up FREE registration for select seminars to students. Students: call 1-800-472-7878 to find out if the seminar you desire qualifies. Registration must be completed over the phone. 


Check out the following activities on the tradeshow floor. From Inside the Shop, to visiting with exhibitors, participating in a scavenger hunt, to getting a professional headshot, there are various opportunities to explore. Take advantage of the show floor and walk away with practical knowledge to help you prepare for the next step in your career.

Student Pavilion

Calling all students! Check out the Student Pavilion, booth #2611 – your space on the trade show floor to mingle with your peers and access FREE education tailored specifically for you. The pavilion is near the GCSAA member services booth, where you can have a free professional photo taken, access GCSAA staff to answer questions, and view new daily postings on the GIS Job Board.

Student Scavenger Hunt—Win a $200 Gift Card!

All students are encouraged to participate in a GIS scavenger hunt designed to provide engagement through education and networking with chapters, exhibitors, and GCSAA members. All participants will receive a gift card, and $200 gift cards will be awarded to the five grand prize winners. Winners will be drawn on the GCSAA TV stage during the Trade Show Finale on Thursday Feb. 7th. Don’t miss out!

Scavenger Hunt guide 

Resume review

Have your resume reviewed by Carol Rau by booking an appointment to have a 1-on-1 meeting to gain tips to start, update and enhance your resume. Stop by the Student Pavilion booth #2611 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Career headshot

Have a free professional career headshot taken in the Student Pavilion at Booth #2611.

Inside the Shop

See what your future office could look like. Check out Inside the Shop in booth #5929. A series of talks and demonstrations will occur on Wednesday Feb. 6th and Thursday Feb. 7th that you won’t want to miss! More details and full schedule available in January.


Visit #TheLab at Booth #1439 for the newest trends in turf technology. Connect with your peers and enhance your career through Tech Talks, product demos, and hot prizes.

Lead Your Team seminar

50% discount ($35) for student members. Register for this seminar within the Student Education track at GIS to hear from leading superintendents on Thursday Feb. 7th, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Education Center on the trade show floor booth #327.

Free Student Seminar

Internships: How to Attract Great Interns and How to Secure the Internship to Launch Your Career

Tuesday, Feb. 5   3PM – 5PM

Students and superintendents, prepare for future internship opportunities and make connections now in this free networking seminar. This exciting internship seminar will connect superintendents searching for talent with students ready to launch their careers in golf turf management. Superintendents, do you have an internship that you need to fill? Learn ways to attract interns and meet students hungry for that first big break. Students, do you feel prepared to secure the internship that will launch your career? Learn the skills needed to stand out from the crowd. Time will be allotted for superintendents and students to meet and greet one another in a “speed interviewing” format. 

Student Housing

Discounted rooms blocks are no longer available. Individual reservations can be made on the official housing website.

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