Advising & Mentoring
Marine Biology majors have access to several sources of advising and mentoring:
1) Freshman Advising is provided through University College (UC; as for all freshmen in the University). Dr. Andrew Cary is currently the UC advisor for Marine Biology majors – you can contact him through the link in E-campus.Dr. Cary’s Spring 2015 Office Hours: Mon 2-3:30, Wed 9:30-11, Thursday 10:30-12 and 1:30-2:30. Appointments must be made via E-campus.
The Marine Biology program provides group advising for course registration each fall and spring instead of individual appointments with Dr. Cary (these are announced via E-mail prior to registration dates). Bio 130 Instructors and Student Mentors serve as additional advising resources for Freshmen. When a student has completed 30 credits, has achieved a GPA of > 2.0, and hascompleted BIO 101, 102, 103, 104 with at least a C, and CHM 101 with at least a C-, he/she will be transferred into CELS (College of the Environment and Life Sciences) and will be assigned a permanent faculty advisor from among our marine biology faculty (see below). This generally takes place at the beginning of the Fall of the sophomore year, but may occur later depending on grades.
2) Faculty Advisors (Dr. Dewsbury, Dr. Ramsay, Dr. Seibel, Dr. Webb, Dr. Wilga) advise sophomores, juniors, and seniors with respect to course choices and graduation requirements, summer and study abroad opportunities, research opportunities, and post-graduation options. You cannot make appointments with these advisors via E-Campus. Their e-mail addresses are below. Other Marine Biology faculty can be contacted via the Faculty page.Spring 2015 Faculty Advisor Office Hours: Dr. Dewsbury – Fri 2-4 pm (CBLS 483) Dr. Ramsay – Wed and Fri 12-2:30 (walk-in) in Woodward 21 Dr. Seibel - By appointment only (e-mail) Dr. Webb – Mon and Wed 1:30-3 pm or by app’t (e-mail to set up date/time; CBLS 293) Dr. Wilga – TBA (walk-in; CBLS 183)
3) The Program Director (Dr. Webb) is available to all marine biology majors. She sends out a weekly newsletter (“News and Notices”) to all Marine Biology majors via the Marine Biology Program listserv (e-mailing list). These contain important information about course registration, field courses, job and internship opportunities, and other items of interest (e.g., guest lectures, seminars). Any student wanting to be added to the Marine Biology listserv should send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
4) Selected seniors in the Marine Biology Program act as Marine Biology Peer Mentors and provide an experienced student’s perspective for younger students. They provide helpful information on jobs, internships, study abroad and graduate school oportunities.Mentor for 2014-2015: Emily Bishop Office Hours (in CELS Student Affairs Office, in CBLS): Wed 11:30-12:30, Th 2-3 E-mail (between mentor and students, only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Advising Resources:
- URI Catalog
- URI Student Handbook (including policies on Student Conduct and Academic Integrity)
- CELS Student Affairs Office (including downloadable forms)
- Links for Forms:
- Finding Jobs and Internships and Applying to Graduate School:
- Template for a CV (resume) – A CV (resume for scientists) doesn’t have to just be one page!
- Strategy for Applying for Internships, Jobs and Scholarships with a Formal Application Process – read this before asking for letters of recommendation!
- How to Apply to Graduate School (from the Leadership Alliance)
- How to Find the Right Graduate Program (from Science – Aug. 2009)
- How to Make Your Application Stand Out (from Chronicle of Higher Education)
- What Next? How to Find a Job or Internship – NEW
- Tips on Applying for Graduate School and Internships – NEW
- Sources of Financial Aid for Graduate School – NEW