Starting in 1990 the ASLO Multicultural Program has brought 770 diverse undergraduate and graduate students to the annual ASLO meetings. The program features pre-conference dinner and field trip, meeting-mentors to help guide the students, a student-symposium, and various other activities. The goal of the program is to increase the human diversity of aquatic scientists. Please recommend appropriate students to apply for the program. This NSF- sponsored effort is designed for US citizens and permanent residents, and does not include international students. The program supports the full cost of participation including travel, hotel, food, and meeting registration.
This year’s program will feature a special field trip taking advantage of the New Orleans coastal environment and an opportunity to do volunteer work with the community. In addition we will celebrate 24 years of success by inviting program alums to return for a special dinner.
Applications for students to participate in the ASLO Multicultural Program are available at the program homepage: http://science.hamptonu.edu/mes/aslo.cfm
Since its inception in 1990, the ASLO Multicultural Program has bought over 750 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the annual ASLO meetings and attendant activities. The success of this program attributes to the many regular ASLO members who volunteered to be meeting-mentors over the years. We are once again soliciting ASLO members to share themselves with the next generation of ocean and aquatic scientists. Meeting-mentors first meet their charges at a 3:00 PM on Sunday, Feb. 17 (so mentors need to arrange their travel schedule accordingly). At that time the mentors help their students to plan which sessions they will attend during the meetings. Mentors are expected to spend some time each day with their students, primarily attending some sessions together. Mentors are also expected to introduce their students to other scientists at the meetings. Volunteers should have a PhD (newly minted or seasoned scientist are all welcome!). If you are interested in sharing your excitement for the science with some bright students, please e-mail me a short CV (used to match mentors with students of similar interests).
Benjamin Cuker (firstname.lastname@example.org),
ASLO Multicultural Program Director