Early Career Programs

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The 2013 Chief Scientist Training Cruise Aboard the R/V Endeavor

UNOLS coordinates and hosts several Early Career Scientist Programs each year, on both land and sea! 

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Our Early Career Programs include:

  • NSF-UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruises
    • The Chief Scientist Training Cruise program instructs early career marine scientists, including PhD students, on how to effectively plan for, acquire, and utilize time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education. 
  • UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program 
    • The primary goal of the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program is to provide graduate students currently completing a degree in a field of oceanographic research with the opportunity to participate in a research cruise. The participant will be a member of the scientific party and be involved in data collection and all other activities at sea.
  • MATE Program 
    •  At-Sea Technical Internship Program. Interns work as marine technicians aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of U.S. Academic Research Fleet and the United States Coast Guard.
  • STEMSEAS Program
    • STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels.   The project takes advantage of unused berthing capacity available during transits between expeditions on the federally funded research vessel network, the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). These short gransits offer a mobile classroom setting where undergraduate non-STEM, undecided-STEM, and geoscience majors can be exposed to geoscience professional practice and career exploration. Click here to learn more! 
  • DESSC Early Career Activities
    • Learn about the capabilities of the National Deep Submergence Facility assets (including HOV Alvin!) and how to request use of these vehicles. Meet with senior scientists and hear about emerging technologies in the exciting field of deep sea research.
    • The DESSC Ocean Policy Interest Group hosts webinars with international leaders in the field of marine science, conservation, and policy. Past presenters have included Dr. Syvlia Earle and professor Craig Allen, Director of the University of Washington Arctic Law and Policy Institute.