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EDUCATION SESSIONS

SCI-024 Strategies for Mentoring in Coastal and Estuarine Science
Convened by: Timothy Dellapenna (dellapet@tamug.edu), Janet Nestlerode (nestlerode.janet@epa.gov), Erin Burge and Melissa Baustain

The mentoring relationship of faculty and graduate students and peers with undergraduates and advanced high school students can be one of the highest impact components of the academic experience for both the mentor and mentee. Presentations contributed to this session will explore best practices and provide examples of programs that foster and promote effective mentor/mentee relationships across strata of academia and/or those that integrate these partnerships into the curriculum and research experiences. Submitting an abstract to present in this session should not preclude presenters from submitting abstracts scientific presentations elsewhere in the CERF scientific program.

SCI-025 Research and the Classroom: Connections between Scientists and Educators
Convened by: Laura Murray (murray@umces.edu) and Linda Duguay (duguay@usc.edu)

Partnerships between research scientists and educators can establish the necessary links to open-ended, real-world explorations that makes science come alive for students and can help bridge the gap between current scientific research and the classroom. Collaborations between teachers and scientists can be mutually beneficial and can form sustained partnerships between scientists and educators. Additionally, students who have freedom to explore and to engage in the cognitive scientific process, gain an appreciation of and interest in sciences. This session is intended to feature examples of high quality scientist-educator partnerships, which provide students with real-world research projects that spark interest, develop skills in science disciplines and increase student’s ability to comprehend practices of scientific processes. We encourage scientists and educators to submit abstracts, which give examples of their work of bringing coastal and estuarine research to students. Authors should describe format of interaction, level of project (K-12, undergraduate), research intensity, impacts and assessment strategy.