Graduate Student/Early Career Resources
Oceanography Student News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOS Mentoring Program
In early 2017, TOS launched a pilot mentoring program for TOS graduate student members. This pilot program is modeled on the successful MPOWIR program in which two senior scientists lead monthly conference calls with six graduate students. To be eligible to apply for this program, TOS graduate student members must be studying at an institution located in the United States and must have completed the equivalent of two years of their graduate program. Participants will be selected to achieve balance among institutions, demographics and scientific disciplines. The first online application has passed. Please keep an eye out for new deadlines. Contact Jenny Ramarui (email@example.com) with any questions.
TOS Jobs Center
Academic Careers Online
Academic Jobs EU
AGU Career Center
ASLO Jobs Page
Science (AAAS) Careers Page
Conservation Job Board
European Geosciences Union Jobs page
MATE Jobs Page
Monster: Oceanography Jobs
National Association of Marine Laboratories
US Federal Government Jobs
Fellowships and Scholarships
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association of University Women Fellowships
ASLO Early Career and Student Resources
California Sea Grant State Fellowship
Consortium for Ocean Leadership Policy Internship
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
EPA Office of Research and Development Postdoctoral 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 Program
MATE Internships & Scholarships
NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars
NRC Research Associateship Programs
NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship
NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
NOAA MPOWIR Internship
North Pacific Research Board Graduate Student Research Awards
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
NSPIRES: NASA New Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships
Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Program
Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities
Summer Positions and Volunteer Opportunities
Ship Time/Fieldwork Opportunities
NOAA Opportunities for Students
Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions
Ocean Exploration Trust Science & Engineering Internship Program
POGO Fellowships for Shipboard Training
Schmidt Ocean Institute
UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program
UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise Program
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.
Articles, Blogs, and Books of Interest
- 31 Tips for Thriving in Graduate School. By the Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech.
- 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.
Other Useful Links
- 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.
2016 Graduate Education Survey Results
In preparation for the TOS-sponsored Town Hall on “What’s Right and What’s Wrong with Graduate Education in the Ocean Sciences?” TOS compiled the nearly 400 responses it received from members who took the TOS graduate education survey. TOS President Susan Lozier presented the survey results at the Town Hall. During the evening event, the ~130 participants formed small groups to discuss features of graduate education that should be retained and ideas for possible changes. A concluding open mike session gave participants an additional opportunity to share even more ideas and experiences. » See the survey results.