Graduate school is a training ground for prospective scientists, a gateway between the classroom and the scientific community. It is during this tutelage that students develop their most prominent skills: the ability to ask the right question: answer that question through scientific investigation, and communicate their results to colleagues and the public. The mastery of these skills is essential in the development of a creditable scientist, and the extent to which these skills may be developed in an institution is a measure of the quality of that institution. Training in these skills, however, need not be the responsibility of the institution alone, but may come from the students themselves. Such is the case at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RS MAS) where, as in other institutions, students are augmenting their own education.