The Ocean Sciences Meeting Student Mentoring Program will pair a subset of student attendees with more experienced attendees for an in-person mentoring experience. This program is modeled after similar programs at other scientific society meetings (e.g. ESA’s SEEDS Program and the AGU Fall Meeting Undergraduate Mentoring Program). For questions about the program, contact Bethany Adamec.

Students – Sign up now to meet one-on-one with mentors for short 20-minute advisory sessions.


The OSM Mentorship Program has two distinct components:

  • Component 1 – A Structured Meeting Mentorship Program:  One-on-one focused match-ups with students choosing from a list of volunteer mentors, daily interactions between student and mentor during the week of the meeting, and with guidance provided to both parties. Mentors and mentees must attend two meetings as a group: Sunday 21 Feb. from 5:00 – 5:45 PM in the Convention Center, Rivergate Room and Monday 22 Feb. from 10:00 – 10:30 AM in the Convention Center Mural/Yellow Room.
  • Component 2 – Informal Short Discussion and Advisory Periods:  A scheduled time for students to meet with mentors and other senior leaders.

Component 1 Participants:

Mentees: TheStudent lounge. program will be open to  students on a first come, first served basis, and will depend upon the number of available mentors. Applications will be reviewed to foster gender, racial, ethnic, and institutional diversity amongst the student mentees and ensure that one school does not dominate the program. Students will be matched one-to-one or two-to-one with mentors. Learn more about being a mentee

Mentors: Mentors do not necessarily need to be senior scientists. The most important requirements are that the mentor shares the students’ research/scientific interests and has knowledge and experience that will be useful to the student. Near-peer mentors (i.e. grad student mentors for undergraduate students) are also acceptable. Learn more about being a mentor

Component 2 Participants:

Mentees: The program is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) on a first come, first served basis. Students must sign up online for time slots with mentors.

Mentors: Almost all mentor slots for component 2 are full, but we are still recruiting mentors for the few spots that remain. Mentors are scheduled to spend 1-2 hours of time in the student/career lounge and students sign up to meet with them individually for 20-minute mentoring sessions. Potential topics of discussion include advice for applying to graduate school, suggestions of programs and/or advisors to look into, and discussion of careers within and outside of academia as applicable. Participants from all societies and organizations are encouraged to participate. To sign up, email Bethany Adamec with your name, institution, brief topics of study (one sentence), and a link to your department or other website.

ASLO Multicultural Program:

The Ocean Sciences Meeting Student Mentoring Program is separate from the ASLO Multicultural Program (ASLOMP), which also takes place at the Ocean Sciences Meeting and has a mentoring component. ASLO will run its 27th annual ASLOMP at OSM, aimed at building diversity in the field.  An important feature of ASLOMP is pairing students with meeting mentors. Mentors must be available to meet their mentees on Sunday, 21 Feb. at 4:00 PM.  Mentors will also meet with their students at least once every day of the meeting.  ASLOMP mentors must have a doctorate; prospective mentors should send a 2-page CV to Dr. Ben Cuker at