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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, including information about Student Lounge and Career Center events, a suggested itinerary for student and early career attendees, mentoring opportunities, and the Student Presentation Evaluation Program.

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Ocean Sciences Meeting Job Board

Are you looking for a career opportunity in the Ocean Sciences? Check out the Ocean Sciences Meeting Job Board. If you have a position to post, please use the recruitment form. Please note, positions will not be updated after Friday, 21 February. Other career opportunities can also be found at the AGU Career Center and ASLO Career Center.

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."

Career Center Theatre 

Monday, 17 February

Resumes 101
10:00-11:00

Whether you are a student or early-mid career professional, if you are considering employment outside of academia, this interactive workshop will familiarize you with resume essentials. A resume is a marketing tool that communicates how your experiences and strengths demonstrate your alignment for a particular job. It is a way for you to emphasize your assets as a positive first impression. How do you highlight knowledge gained through courses and apply them to real work experience? What criteria is important to include and is there a specific order? How do I format my resume and phrase my skills so I stand out from the other applicants?

Telling Stories about Science and Ourselves
14:00-15:00

When we want to increase visibility and connect with others about science, we need to humanize science and scientists. One of the best ways of doing this is through telling stories—about our own journeys as well as about our science. This session will be a quick introduction to story structure and elements, the power of including emotion, and the benefits and challenges of sharing stories of ourselves as well as our work.

How to get Involved this Election Year
17:00-18:00

2020 is a critical year to ensure that science is a key issue in elections—in local, state, and national races. From climate change to ocean policy to environmental health and more, so many critical policy issues depend on strong science input. You can help ensure that science is part of the conversation as candidates discuss their platforms in the coming months. Whether you aren’t sure if you are ready to talk to candidates, or are looking for new ways to get more involved, this session will guide you with a number of different opportunities and leave you with a clear set of options to get involved this election year.

Tuesday, 18 February

Hashtag Science: Science Communication through Social Media
9:00-10:00

Social media, for all its faults, has allowed scientists much greater reach, across scientific disciplines and beyond, and has helped foster new dialogues and communities. This session will discuss the benefits and challenges of social media (and its different outlets), ways to effectively incorporate multimedia, and how to develop powerful messages and campaigns that can reach many audiences.

CV 101
11:00-12:00

Employment in academia is very competitive. Whether you seek a research or teaching position, you will need a Curriculum Vitae (CV) rather than a resume. A CV is a detailed record that communicates how your skills, knowledge, and experiences demonstrate your alignment for a particular job and higher education institution. Discuss the differences between writing a resume and writing a CV. How are CVs formatted? What skills should be detailed? How do you customize your CV so your presentations, publications, or honors/awards are featured?

Networking and Career Tips 101
14:00-15:30

Join this interactive workshop on the best tips and tricks for networking and career planning.

Wednesday, 19 February

Messaging to Policymakers
10:00-11:00

Science communication is a valuable skill that enables you to make a difference in the world. Communicating effectively to policymakers is a particularly effective way to effect change, and is no harder than any other science communication, with a little knowledge and practice. If you want to share your science with your city council, state senators, or even Presidential candidates, the approach is the same. Come learn how to effectively message to policymakers at this workshop. While the focus will be on U.S. policymakers, many of these tools can be used in other countries and we encourage attendees from any location.

Interviews 101
13:00-14:00

Whether you are seeking employment in academia or industry, all students, graduates, and jobseekers can benefit from learning best tips and tricks for successful interviewing. An interview is a conversation where both parties need information about the other. Both sides must engage and exchange information for the interaction to be successful. A resume or CV will demonstrate your technical skills but the interview is your chance to highlight your non-technical skills. How do you highlight your strengths and competencies? Ho do I describe skills that I could improve? If I have limited experience, how do I demonstrate that I am still qualified and eager to learn?

Resumes 101
15:00-16:00

Whether you are a student or early-mid career professional, if you are considering employment outside of academia, this interactive workshop will familiarize you with resume essentials. A resume is a marketing tool that communicates how your experiences and strengths demonstrate your alignment for a particular job. It is a way for you to emphasize your assets as a positive first impression. How do you highlight knowledge gained through courses and apply them to real work experience? What criteria is important to include and is there a specific order? How do I format my resume and phrase my skills so I stand out from the other applicants?

Thursday, 20 February

Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color about Diversifying STEM Fields: Interactive session focusing on Social Belonging and Allyship
14:00-16:00

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn about two important components to STEM retention for underrepresented people of color (UR-POC), sense of belonging and allyship. Through the use of film and various interactive exercises, participants will explore how to create and support belonging for diverse groups within institutional settings and how to be an ally to UR-POC. Allies will learn how to understand their role/s and how to better support UR-POC when they are confronted with various obstacles ranging from psycho-emotional situations to systemic.

Friday, 21 February

Interviews 101
11:00-12:00

Whether you are seeking employment in academia or industry, all students, graduates, and jobseekers can benefit from learning best tips and tricks for successful interviewing. An interview is a conversation where both parties need information about the other. Both sides must engage and exchange information for the interaction to be successful. A resume or CV will demonstrate your technical skills but the interview is your chance to highlight your non-technical skills. How do you highlight your strengths and competencies? Ho do I describe skills that I could improve? If I have limited experience, how do I demonstrate that I am still qualified and eager to learn?

CV 101
14:00-15:00

Employment in academia is very competitive. Whether you seek a research or teaching position, you will need a Curriculum Vitae (CV) rather than a resume. A CV is a detailed record that communicates how your skills, knowledge, and experiences demonstrate your alignment for a particular job and higher education institution. Discuss the differences between writing a resume and writing a CV. How are CVs formatted? What skills should be detailed? How do you customize your CV so your presentations, publications, or honors/awards are featured?

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.

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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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