Student & Early Career Information

Student Workshops

Student Workshops will be held at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting. During the midday workshops a limited number of box lunches will be available. 

Storymaker Workshop

Three Parts: Sunday morning + afternoon, and 1 hour Monday evening.

Description: This is a workshop in "strategic storytelling" to help you take a story you are working on and make it more CONCISE (through narrative structure) and COMPELLING (through improv training). Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson provides the narrative element, veteran actor and improv instructor Brian Palermo brings the improv. The workshop will follow this schedule:

Sunday Morning – for graduate students
February 23, 2014

  • • One hour of narrative with Randy Olson - presenting your story, then deciding on 4 to be more fully developed by the group
  • • One hour of improv training with Brian Palermo

Sunday Afternoon 'The Big Show' – open to everyone
February 23, 2014

Randy Olson and Brian Palermo presenting narrative and improv in a series of short talks, exercises and games

Monday Evening
February 24, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

One hour development and discussion of the selected stories

To Participate

  1. Send an email saying 'I'm in!' to by January 17 to claim one of the 24 slots
  2. Download our Connection Storymaker app by February 7 (we'll make it free on iTunes in late Jan.), break your story down to the WSP elements, and mail them in to us (should take you all of 5 minutes)

The Ethics of Idea Sharing in a Connected World

Monday Lunch, February 24, 2014
12:45 - 1:45 pm

Science is all about sharing ideas, data, and results to advance our collective understanding. However through sharing our ideas we have the potential to encounter a myriad of ethical problems involving ownership of ideas, copyright, data use, and authorship. This workshop will provide a toolbox for you to gracefully resolve these issues by providing resources, and guiding discussion of the ethics of ideas and information in science.

Outreach Through Social Media 

Wednesday Lunch, February 26, 2014
12:45 - 1:45 pm

Do you use social media? (Yes you do.) Want to learn more about effective ways to communicate about science and your research with the public? (Yes you do!) This workshop is designed to teach you successful strategies for communicating science to the general public through social media, blogging, and traditional methods.

Fellowships and Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Thinking of applying for a graduate fellowship or research grant? Don't know where to start, or how to be successful? Or do you not know much about them and want to know more? This workshop will provide valuable information about the what, why, and how of graduate fellowships and grant applications, including tips to help students strengthen applications for study and research, as well as evaluation of examples of good and bad proposals.