Mentoring Programs

You cannot sign up for both the ASLOMP mentoring program and the OSM mentoring program.

ASLO MP Mentoring Program (ASLOMP)

The ASLO Multicultural Program will celebrate 33 years of success at OSM 2022 in Hawaii. Over 1,200 different diverse students have participated in the program since its founding in 1990.  Many of these students have gone on for careers in the aquatic sciences and allied fields.  This NSF-funded program supports undergraduate and graduate student participation in ASLO meetings, covering the cost of registration, abstract fees, travel, housing, and food. In addition ASLOMP provides special activities including, an opening dinner with keynote speaker, providing meeting-mentors, a special field trip, a student symposium, and various workshops.

Students should apply to participate at:  Interested students, mentors and others may contact Ben Cuker (, or Deidre Gibson (

OSM Meeting Mentor Program

The Ocean Sciences Meeting Mentor Program is open to any student participant looking for guidance on navigating the meeting and making new connections. Opportunities are designed to help mentees learn to get the most value out of their experiences during OSM 2022. Mentees will be grouped with experienced scientists (mentors) who will provide guidance on navigating the meeting and introduce them to other scientists.

If you would like to be a part of the meeting mentor program, either as a mentor or as a mentee, be sure to indicate your interest by checking the appropriate box when you register.

OSM Session Mentor Program (OSMP)

The goal of this inaugural OSMP is to introduce graduate students and early career scientists to the process of conceiving and convening a scientific session at a professional conference. Many students and early career scientists are unfamiliar with this process and this opportunity provides unparalleled insight into this facet of networking and science communication. All potential mentees will fill out an interest form and the OSM planning committee will match applicants with a mentee in a field related to your session.  Graduate students and early career scientists should indicate interest by completing the form listed on the Student and Early Career page. Please note this is a limited opportunity based on the number sessions available, as well as a deadline in mid-August.

Student Presentation Evaluation Program (SPEP)

The Student Presentation Evaluation Program (SPEP) allows student presenters to hone their presentation skills and receive valuable feedback from esteemed scientists. The program relies on anonymous volunteers who visit a student’s poster or oral presentation and engage them in order to help provide feedback about a student’s research and communication skills.

  • Undergraduate, master's, and doctorate student first authors select interest in participating during the abstract submission process
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges during the session submission process
  • Students confirm participation in the Presenter's Corner in early January 2022
  • Non-student members sign up to judge a minimum of three student presentations in the online system starting in mid-January 2022
  • At Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, students give oral presentations or remain by their poster during their selected time slot in order to explain their research to passersby
  • Anonymous volunteers engage with students to assess their presentation skills
  • Evaluators submit feedback by 9 March 2022
  • All students are provided feedback in March 2022
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