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Volume 27, No. 4


The Impact of MPOWIR: A Decade of Investing in Mentoring Women in Physical Oceanography

Sarah Clem | Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Sonya Legg | Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Susan Lozier | Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Colleen Mouw | Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA

Article Abstract

MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceano-graphy Women to Increase Retention) is a US community-initiated and community-led mentoring program aimed at improving the retention of women physical oceanographers in academic and/or research positions. This article describes the MPOWIR program elements designed by the US physical oceanography community, quantifies the participation in these programs, describes MPOWIR’s impact to date, and outlines future directions. An examination of surveys to date indicates that MPOWIR, several years after its implementation, is having a positive impact on the retention of junior women in physical oceanography, primarily by giving them a broad professional network and focused mentoring.


Clem, S., S. Legg, S. Lozier, and C. Mouw. 2014. The impact of MPOWIR: A decade of investing in mentoring women in physical oceanography. Oceanography 27(4) supplement:39–48, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.113.

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