Student/Early Career Opportunities & Events

Sunday Evening  Pub Crawl

Grab an Uber to Old San Juan and join fellow students for the opening pub crawl following the opening mixer on Sunday evening. This is an opportunity to meet up with student participants before the meeting begins! Location: La Taberna Lúpulo at 151 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00901

Student and Early Career Social Mixers

Informal social mixers will be held Monday evening for students and early career professionals. Beverages and snacks will be served, and drink tickets will be available at the door (soft drinks and limited alcoholic beverages). All students and early career professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend their respective mixers.

ASLO Student Mixer
Date: Monday, 25 February 2019
Time: 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 3rd Floor Terrace - PRCC

Come network with senior scientists at the annual student mixer. This will follow the ASLO business and membership meeting on Monday evening.  A limited number of drink tickets will be available!

ASLO Early Career Mixer
Date: Monday, 25 February 2019
Time: 19:30 to 20:30
Location: 2nd Floor Prefunction Area - PRCC

Student and Early Career Workshops

There will be student and early career workshops during the meeting. Potential topics will focus on career development (e.g., publication and grant writing, communicating science, different career paths, etc.) A limited number of lunches will be available to those who attend the workshops.

ASLO Student Workshop - I Need the Degree AND the Money
Date: Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Room 104

A panel of experts will provide tips and tricks on the negotiations process of the job search. A limited number of box lunches will be available.

ASLO Early Career Workshop - How to Successfully Write Proposals and Receive Funding
Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Room 102

A scientist's career depends mainly on research funds. Therefore, writing good applications is fundamental for career building. Based on a recent questionnaire sent to ASLO's early career researchers (ECRs), we offer a workshop on how to successfully write proposals and receive funding. We will invite both representatives of science foundations (e.g. NSF) and experienced scientists who have been successful in obtaining research funding from various agencies and organizations. There are many possibilities for funding such as the national research foundations for basic and applied sciences, local governments, private foundations, etc. To better navigate through the many funding options, the workshop aims to give you helpful advice. There will be time for questions related to individual cases. We also hope to provide helpful suggestions on how to write a good proposal based on practical aspects which will be put into practice before the writing process begins. The workshop also will allow for active exchange of knowledge and experience among senior scientists and those who participate. ASLO has high interest to provide solid advice pertaining to successful research career development of the community's young talents, i.e. you. For more information about this workshop, please contact: Hans-Peter Grossart at

ASLO Student  - Beach Cleanup
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: TBD

Join other students as they head over to a local beach to help beautify the area! A limited number of bag lunches will be provided by ASLO to those who participate. Please RSVP to if you plan to participate in the beach cleanup.

The San Juan Bay Estuary Program (SJBEP) is a non-profit organization that works to improve water quality and restore the ecosystems that surround it" The geographic area of the Estuary comprises eight municipalities from Toa Baja to Loiza. The Condado Estuary Lagoon is a natural reserve established in 2013, the SJBEP has been a co-manager of the Reserve together with the DRNA ever since. Even before it was declared a natural reserve the following programs have been established by our organization:

  • Bacteriological weekly monitoring
  • Mangrove reforestation
  • Land and underwater cleaning
  • Installation and monitoring of artificial reefs

Applying to Graduate School Workshop: Tips from current students
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Room 103 A

Applying to graduate school is a long process and can feel overwhelming at first.  In this workshop, future graduate students will hear from current students in a variety of fields and programs who have recently gone through this process.  We will discuss many aspects of the application process, including deciding where to apply, writing a personal statement, asking for recommendation letters, and the increasingly important grad school interview. We will focus primarily on ASLO-related fields but hope that this workshop will be valuable to students considering any field of study. This will be a very active workshop – by students, for students. Our goal is that each attendant will leave with a concrete “game plan” for attacking application season and achieving their goals. All are welcome, but this event will be especially helpful to students planning to apply in the next 1-2 years.   Advance registration is recommended by filling out the form at  Contact Noelle Held ( for more information.  

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