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Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX)

About the Program

Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) is an NSF-funded initiative (award #1831075, 2019-2021) to provide training in international research for graduate students. Graduate student research is often constrained by the resources, ideas, and culture of the home institution. International collaborations enhance graduate students’ ability to think critically and creatively, make cross-disciplinary connections, and stretch one's field of view while gaining competency in an international environment and increasing their network of colleagues.

The ASLO LOREX 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. The paid international research exchanges will allow up to 30 graduate students (US citizens or permanent residents) studying in a US institute per year to travel to one of seven international host institutions to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science.

The call for applications for the 2020 LOREX Research Exchange will be posted in April 2019, with a tentative due date of July 31, 2019 for travel in June 2020.

Professional Development Training

International collaboration requires critical skills in communication, cultural sensitivity, building and maintaining collaborations, and an understanding of logistical considerations. The LOREX program will offer training opportunities in these skills areas and will be open to all graduate students. Webinars with leaders from the ASLO community with a successful history of international collaborations, as well as government representatives and social scientists who study international collaborations, will occur throughout the year. In-person opportunities will occur at ASLO conferences (2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, 2020 ASLO Summer Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, and the 2021 Aquatic Sciences Meeting).

2018-2019 Webinars and Workshops (Subject to Change):

September 28, 2018 Webinar: Information webinar about the program and application process 

December 2018-February 2019: Site-Specific Introductory Webinars

February 24, 2019: Half-day workshop on the weekend before Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 25-1 March: Town Hall and panel discussions during the Aquatic Sciences Meeting

Spring 2019 Webinar: Managing international research. This webinar will discuss research permits, funding, cultural, and political considerations.

Fall 2019 Webinar: Maintaining productive international relationships including cultural sensitivity, language barriers, etc.


LOREX is made possible by NSF award #1831075. Additional funds for on-site housing and activities has been provided by Dalhousie University and the Climate Impacts Research Center.

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ASLO is collaborating with 7 participating institutions located in the US, Australia, Israel, and Sweden