Opportunities in ASLO

Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship was established to contribute to the development of early career aquatic scientists and their outreach to peers in the context of scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and writing. Fellows get exposure to all, and experience in most, aspects of the publishing process. The skills developed are aimed to enhance the Fellows’ research careers and future contributions to journals as peer reviewers and editorial board members.

Science Communication Internship

The ASLO Science Communication Internship program was launched in 2015 to provide current or recent graduate students in the aquatic sciences with the opportunity to learn more about science communication, as a discipline and as a possible career path. ASLO Science Communication interns are mentored by ASLO Director of Communications and Science Adrienne Sponberg in the ASLO Communications Office (metropolitan Washington, D.C.). Internships are typically for a 12-week period and come with a stipend and travel support so the intern may attend an ASLO conference.

Global Opportunities Initiative

A key component of ASLO’s mission is to advance public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research. In response to an increasingly international membership, ASLO launched the Global Outreach Initiative in 2012 as a way to assist ASLO members outside the U.S. in communicating aquatic science to non-technical audiences. “The ASLO Global Outreach Initiative helps our members make oceanography and limnology research more relevant to broad audiences.

Meeting Travel Awards

ASLO offers travel awards to Student and Early Career members to defray costs of attending an ASLO meeting. Recipients must be ASLO members who will make oral or poster presentations at the meeting. Previous recipients are not eligible. Recipients are chosen by lottery from the acceptable entries. Award amounts are decided in advance of registration for each meeting; please refer to the travel award application when registering for ASLO meetings.

ASLO Multicultural Program

ASLOMP uses opportunities provided by ASLO meetings to develop cohorts of informed, motivated, experienced, and connected undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented groups. To facilitate their entry into the ASLO community, students move through a series of 4 overlapping steps:  Development of group identity; Affiliation with a "meeting-mentor" and small peer-circle; Affirmation by peers; and Affiliation with other non-ASLOMP students and regular ASLO members.


Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) is an NSF-funded initiative (award #1831075, 2019-2021) to provide training in international research for graduate students. The program aims to foster international research collaborations through professional development training open to the all ASLO student members and to provide a competitive paid research exchanges opportunity for select graduate students. Professional development training will occur through webinars, web resources, and conference workshops. Up to 30 graduate students (US citizens or permanent residents) studying in a US institute travel to one of seven international host institutions each year to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science.


The Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences symposia are funded by the National Science Foundation, and are held every other year at the East-West Center immediately adjacent to the University of Hawai`i, Manoa campus. The Eco-DAS symposia foster sustained, cross-disciplinary interactions among participants; familiarize participants the diversity of available research opportunities; generate manuscripts developed during the symposium, written after the symposium, and published in open access; and provide mentor-led discussions, informative panels, and workshops designed to prepare participants for the challenges of academic and non-academic careers in the aquatic sciences.

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