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Student and Early Career Attendees

Student and Early Career Attendee Guide

This page contains information on programs and events at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 of particular value to student and early career attendees.

Student and Early Career Pop-Up Talks

Being a scientist is more than working in the lab, office, or field. We all have experiences, talents, and stories to share, and Student and Early Career Pop-Up Talks are the chance for you to share yours. Student and early career participants will get to convey their ideas in a creative and approachable format and have a chance to display something beyond the traditional scientific talk.

Students and early career scientists give 5 minute, TED-style presentation on an Earth and space science topic you're passionate about. 2018 Pop-Up Talks included singing/dancing your science, a mental health monologue, an overview of current political influence on scientific career prospects, and much more.This year's Pop-Up Talks are encouraged to address the following theme: "For a resilient scientist and planet."

Participate in this year's Pop-Up Talks!

Submission deadline: 29 January.

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Student mentoring programs

The Ocean Sciences Meeting Student Mentoring Programs provides student attendees the opportunity to be matched with an experienced mentor from a diverse group of established scientists for an in-person mentoring experience. More information about the ASLO Multicultural Program (ASLOMP) and Mentoring365 Live can be found below.

ASLOMP Call for Mentors

The ASLO Multicultural Program (ASLOMP) will be holding its 31st annual event at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. The program relies upon volunteers to serve as meeting-mentors to help guide the participants (under graduate and graduate students). Meeting-mentors should possesses the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. They must be available to meet their students at 4:00 PM on Sunday, 16 February, at the convention center. This means booking travel to accommodate this time. That initial meeting will take 1 – 2 hours. After that mentors are expected to meet with their students each day of the meetings to attend a session or two together, and to introduce the students to other scientists in the field. This is a serious commitment and please only apply if you have the time and energy to work with these outstanding students.

Apply to be an ASLOMP mentor

In order to facilitate the matching of students to mentors, please fill out the following form.

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Mentoring365 Live

Mentoring365 Live is the in-person program complement to Mentoring365. There is a lot going on at scientific conferences. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career professionals are paired with more experienced attendees during the meeting to help them get the inside scoop. Mentors provide you with advice that ranges from resume or CV feedback to guidance throughout the meeting. The program also provides you with structured, relationship-building tools to develop and accomplish focused career goals. More information for mentors and mentees, including the application portal, will be made available in early January.

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Student Presentation Evaluation Program

The Student Presentation Evaluation Program (SPEP) allows student presenters to hone their presentation skills and receive valuable feedback from esteemed scientists. The program relies on anonymous volunteers who visit a student’s poster or oral presentation and engage them in order to help provide feedback about a student’s research and communication skills.

  • Undergraduate, master's, and doctorate student first authors select interest in participating during the abstract submission process
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges during the session submission process
  • Students confirm participation in the Presenter's Corner in early January 2020
  • Non-student members sign up to judge a minimum of three student presentations in the online system starting in mid-January 2020
  • At Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020, students give oral presentations or remain by their poster during their selected time slot in order to explain their research to passersby
  • Anonymous volunteers engage with students to assess their presentation skills
  • Evaluators submit feedback by 2 March 2020
  • All students are provided feedback in March 2020

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Learn more about the roles of students, evaluators, and liaisons in the Student Presentation Evaluation Program.
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