Special Opportunities and Information for Students

We encourage students to attend the social events throughout the week. See below for details! For up-to-date information on all planned student events, housing recommendations, room sharing opportunities, and the Career Link Program, please check the ASLO conference website at http://www.aslo.org and click on Student Information.

Outstanding Student Poster Awards

ASLO will present several awards for the most outstanding posters presented by student members. Posters in all areas of aquatic science are appropriate, including theory, modeling, and laboratory or field experimentation. To be eligible, the student must be an ASLO member and first author on research that has not been presented previously at ASLO or other scientific meetings. Presentations will be judged on the basis of innovation/scientific insight, quality of experimental design/methods, and clarity/effectiveness of presentation. All posters submitted by ASLO students will be considered for the student poster awards. There is no need to apply.

ASLO Multicultural Program

ASLO will hold its 18th annual program devoted to increasing the diversity of the pool of students choosing careers in the aquatic sciences. Some 560 underrepresented minority students have participated since the program began in 1990. Many of these students have gone on to earn advance degrees and are now professionals in the field. The 2007 program will include an opening dinner and keynote address by Dr. Miguel Sastre on Saturday, a field trip and special workshops on Sunday, and a student symposium on Monday (Hilton Mesa B). The Student Symposium is open to all ASLO participants, and we encourage your attendance. The program is supported by a grant from NSF. Anyone interested in volunteering to serves as a meeting-mentor, please contact: Dr. Ben Cuker (Benjamin.cuker@hamptonu.edu), 757-727-5884, Department of Marine Science, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668. The URL for the program website is http://www.hamptonu.edu/science/ASLO.htm.

Career Bulletin Board

Prospective employers and supervisors are invited to post job announcements free of charge at the conference. Likewise, students are invited to post one-page resumes for viewing.

Student Meeting

The Student Meeting this year will take place during the lunch break on Monday at La Fonda. This meeting is open to all students, and we encourage you to attend. A light lunch will be served, and you will have the opportunity to meet other students involved in ASLO. The format of this meeting will be an informal two-way discussion moderated by the ASLO student representatives. A more detailed list of discussion topics will be given out to the students at registration. Please attend and let us know your thoughts.

Student Forums

Due to the success at the last meeting, ASLO Student Forums will be taking place again at the 2007 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. The discussion forums will act as an “ice-breaker” for students who may otherwise not approach more senior/established researchers during ASLO conferences. The emphasis should be on the informal nature of the Forums, and participation of all parties in the discussion is highly encouraged. The Student Forums will take place on Tuesday during the lunch break and a light lunch will be provided. More information will be given out to the students at registration.

Career Development Workshop

Students are invited to attend the Career Development Workshop on Thursday. The focus will be on communication in science. Pre-registration will be required, so watch for announcements prior to the conference!

Roommates Wanted

Roommates Wanted is a free online service to those who are seeking roommates during ASLO meetings. To participate, visit the website at http://www.aslo.org/meetings/roommates.html.

Student Mixer

A graduate and undergraduate student mixer will take place at the 2007 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. This mixer will help foster discussion between both parties on various aspects of the graduate academic life. The emphasis should be on the informative nature of the discussion between graduate and undergraduate students in small groups. The Student Mixer will take place on Wednesday after the poster sessions in the Eldorado Pavilion. Snacks will be provided. More information will be provided at registration.

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