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ASLO Multicultural Program

Benjamin Cuker (benjamin.cuker@hamptonu.edu), ASLO Multicultural Program Director

Since its start in 1990 the ASLO Multicultural Program has brought over 750 diverse undergraduate and graduate students to the annual ASLO meetings.  Many have gone on for advanced degrees and several have served on the ASLO BOD and various committees.  The program features a pre-conference dinner and field trip, meeting-mentors to help guide the students, a student-symposium, and various other activities. The goal of the program is to increase the human diversity of aquatic scientists. This year 65 students will participate.  For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Cuker by email: Benjamin.Cuker@hamptonu.edu.

Applications for students to participate in the ASLO Multicultural Program are available at the program homepage: http://science.hamptonu.edu/mes/aslo.cfm

Meeting-Mentors Needed for ASLO Multicultural Program

Since its inception in 1990, the ASLO Multicultural Program has bought over 750 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the annual ASLO meetings and attendant activities. The success of this program attributes to the many regular ASLO members who volunteered to be meeting-mentors over the years. We are once again soliciting ASLO members to share themselves with the next generation of ocean and aquatic scientists. Meeting-mentors first meet their charges at a 4:00 PM meeting on Sunday, Feb. 19 (so mentors need to arrange their travel schedule accordingly). At that time the mentors help their students to plan which sessions they will attend during the meetings. Mentors are expected to spend some time each day with their students, primarily attending some sessions together. Mentors are also expected to introduce their students to other scientists at the meetings. Volunteers should have a PhD (newly minted or seasoned scientist are all welcome!). If you are interested in sharing your excitement for the science with some bright students, please e-mail a short CV (used to match mentors with students of similar interests) to Benjamin Cuker, ASLO Multicultural Program Director, at benjamin.cuker@hamptonu.edu).