ASLO will hold its 22nd annual program devoted to increasing the diversity of the pool of students choosing careers in the aquatic sciences. Some 700 underrepresented minority students have participated since the program began in 1990. Many of these students have gone on to earn advanced degrees and are now professionals in the field. The 2011 program will include an opening dinner on Saturday, 12 February, with a keynote address by Dr. Yasmin Detres Cardona (UPR), a field trip to a Mangrove ecosystem on Sunday, 13 February, and night-time kayak exploration of a bioluminescent bay system on Wednesday, 16 February. All of the 70 students will be presenting papers or posters. There also will be a special workshop on Monday during lunch entitled, “Understanding and Using Network Science for Better Collaboration.” (This is the same workshop that is scheduled on Sunday. This session, however, is specifically for ASLO MP participants.)
The ASLO MP Student Symposium will take place on Monday in 208B. The Student Symposium is open to all ASLO participants, and we encourage your attendance. The program is supported by a grant from NSF. Anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a meeting-mentor, please contact Dr. Ben Cuker (Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org), 757-727-5884, Department of Marine Science, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668. The URL for the program website is: http://www.hamptonu.edu/science/ASLO.htm.