Grad Student/Early Career Resources
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Blue Economy Webinar
On August 14, 2021, the TOS Student Committee hosted a webinar to share updated knowledge of the Blue Economy with new professionals, scientists, and students all over the world who are interested in it.
The “Blue Economy” is an emerging concept that helps to promote ocean or blue resource management, and emphasizes close links between the sea, climate change, and societal well-being. It supports UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and particularly SDG 14.
Our keynote speaker was Zdenka Willis, L.L.D, President of the Marine Technology Society. She has 35 years of public service in the United States Navy and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Willis was the founding Director of the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Office and represented NOAA on the United States Group on Earth Observation Systems interagency committee and part of the United States delegation to the Group on Earth Observations.
A recording of the webinar is available on the TOS YouTube Channel.
These issues include a regular column from the TOS student representative, links to career profiles of non-academic oceanographers, profiles of TOS student subcommittee members and information on student activities planned for the upcoming scientific meetings. Feel free to forward the links to the newsletters to other students, or print out a copy and post it on your department bulletin board. Any questions? Email TOS Student Rep Chrissy Hernandez at email@example.com.
• AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
• American Association of University Women Fellowships
• ASLO Early Career and Student Resources
• California Sea Grant State Fellowship
• DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
• EPA Office of Research and Development Postdoc Research Program
• Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
• Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Students
• Hispanic Scholarship Fund
• International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund (developing countries)
• John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
• Link Foundation Ocean Engineering & Instrumentation PhD Fellowship
• NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars
• NRC Research Associateship Programs
• NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
• NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
• NOAA Explorer-in-Traning Program
• NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship
• NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
• NOAA MPOWIR Internship
• NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
• NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
• NSF Graduate Research Internship Program
• NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide
• NSF Research Traineeship Program
• Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
• POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships
• Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Program
• Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities
Oceanography Career Profiles
Read career profiles of marine scientists who have pursued successful and fulfilling careers outside of academia. These profiles discuss the career paths taken, decisions made along the way, and job satisfaction, and provide advice on job searches. More than 60 profiles are available for viewing here.
- Envisioning and Writing a Thesis Proposal by Peter J.S. Franks
- I Struggled in Grad School—Until I Learned to Set Realistic Goals by S.R. Lee, Science, August 27, 2020.
- How to Read a Scientific Article by M. Purugganan and J. Hewitt, Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication
- How to (Seriously) Read a Scientific Paper by Elisabeth Pain, Science, March 21, 2016.
- Why Your Scientific Presentation Should Not Be Adapted from a Journal Article by D. Rubenson, Nature, November 20, 2020.
- Do You Dread Giving Talks? Turn Fear into Joy with These Four Keys by A.G. Levine, Science, November 11, 2020.
- How to Secure a Postdoc Position—Advice from Postdocs. University of Washington Career Center
- How to Apply for Postdoctoral Positions and Choose the Right One. Brains Explained blog.
- How to Find the Right Place for Your PhD or Postdoc by Elisabeth Pain. Science, September 10, 2018.
- Graduate School Should Be Challenging, Not Traumatic. In this article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, doctoral student Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel describes the difference between a “challenging” vs. “toxic” environment and offers some suggestions on how to best navigate it.
- Portrait of an Inessential Government Worker. In this engaging article published in Bloomberg Opinion, Michael Lewis writes about the career of Art Allen, “the lone oceanographer inside the US Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue division.”
- Why Can’t Scientists Talk Like Regular Humans? In this Scientific American blog post, third-year Harvard graduate student Katherine Wu talks about how thinking of the gen-eral public as “other” compromised her ability to be an effective communicator.
- Networking for Young Scientists: How to do it and why you should. By Richard Threlfall, Digital Project Manger, Wiley
- 10 Tips for Easier Networking at Scientific Conferences. By Samantha Yammine.
- Commentary: Lessons Learned from Leaving Academia. In this commentary published in Physics Today, Elizabeth Frank elaborates on her career and three important lessons she’s learned from leaving academia.
- Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s Tips on How to Write a Great Science Paper. In this Career Column in the journal Nature, Van Savage and Pamela Yeh condense and share Cormac McCarthy’s advice for writing scientiftic papers.
- How To Transition from College to Grad School. Michael J. Douma of Georgetown University provides some advice on how to become a scholar.
- An Open Letter to New Graduate Students. In this helpful ProfHacker blog post aimed at students beginning a PhD program, Brian Croxall makes “explicit the unwritten rules, norms, and quirks of academia.”
- Tips for First-Time Teaching Assistants. Philip Guo provides tips that might be of help in the classroom.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship. In a GradHacker post, Andrew Bishop talks about lessons learned from past internships.
Goal-Setting vs. Goal-Achieving. In this blog post from GradHacker, Katie Shives talks about how to stay on track in graduate school when thrown into an open-ended project.
How to Correspond with Potential Graduate School Advisers. Read this helpful Clastic Detritus blog post by Brian Romans, a geology professor at Virginia Tech.
Managing Your Advisor. The most helpful habits to develop in working with your advisor. In this blog post from GradHacker, author Katie Shives talks about the concept of “managing up” your advisor.
Graduate Students: Working With Your Faculty Adviser. Post from the University of Washington College of Education.
How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students. From the Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.
How to Obtain the Mentoring You Need: A Guide for Graduate Students. Helpful pages from the University of Washington Graduate School.
- 31 Tips for Thriving in Graduate School. By the Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech.
Mental Health in the Sciences. Nature series offering stories and advice on how to maintain good mental health in the hyper-competitive science environment.
- Boss, E. 2018. Advice for young scientists on fruitful membership in the scientific community. Oceanography 31(2), https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2018.203.
- Fiske, P. 2018. Why scientists need to market themselves. Nature 555:275–276, https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-02747-y.
- Shorr, A. 2017. Grad School is hard on mental heath. Here’s an antidote. Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Grad Logic: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Graduate School (blog). http://gradlogic.org/
- Gaudet, A.D. 2015. Secrets to thriving in grad school. Science, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.caredit.a1500019.
- Glessmer, M.S., A. Adams, M.G. Hastings, and R.T. Barnes. 2015. Taking ownership of your own mentoring: Lessons learned from participating in the Earth Science Women’s Network. Pp. 113–132 in The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure, G. Wright, ed., Syracuse University Graduate School Press.
- Parsons, Chris: 10 tips for grad students to make the most of a scientific conference. Southern Fried Science (blog)
- Parsons, Chris: Tips for writing a good abstract for a scientific conference. Southern Fried Science (blog)
- Böttjer, D., S.P. Jungbluth, R. Boiteau, B. Burkhardt, F. de Leo, and B.C. Bruno. 2014. Career choices in marine and environmental sciences: Navigating a sea of options. Oceanography 27(2):201–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.35.
- Bonetta, L., ed. 2006. Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. Second edition. Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 256 pp.
- Cook, S.B., and N.H. Marcus, guest editors. 2016. Oceanography special issue on Graduate Education in the Ocean Sciences.
- Reis, R.M. 1997. Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering. Wiley-IEEE Press, 436 pp.
- The Oceanography Society. 2005. Scientifically Speaking: Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids, 24 pp.
- Yoder, J. 2016. Non-academic career opportunities for MS and PhD ocean scientists. 3 pp.
An Individual Development Plan helps you explore career possibilities and set goals. Get started at this Science Careers web page.
- MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) Career Profiles
- OSM 2014 Early Career Workshop presentations: Keys to proposing, conducting, presenting, and publishing your research
- Individual Development Plan – Explore career possibilities and set goals
- Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention is a community-based program that provides mentoring to physical oceanographers from late graduate school through their early careers.
- MS PHD’S: Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science provides students with professional development opportunities, science exposure, networking opportunities, and mentoring relationships.
- Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS). This organization has a searchable database of PhD dissertation abstracts and a career resources page, and organizes symposia for early career scientists.
- The Tomorrow’s Professor Postings website provides concise advice on preparing for careers in academia.
- Resources for the Development of Early Career Scientists on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.