Advising & Mentoring
Marine Biology majors have access to several sources of advising and mentoring.
1) Freshman Advising is provided through University College (as are all freshmen in the University) and marine biology faculty serve as UC advisors. The Marine Biology program provides group advising for course registration each fall and spring in lieu of individual appointments with a UC advisor. When students have completed 30 credits and have achieved a GPA of > 2.0 they are transferred into CELS (College of the Environment and Life Sciences) and are assigned a permanent faculty advisor from among our marine biology faculty. This generally takes place at the beginning of the Fall of the sophomore year.
2) Faculty Advisors (Dr. Seibel, Dr. Thornber, 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.
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 listserv should send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Mentors meet with students during their office hours in the CELS Student Affairs Office (CBLS 130).
Mentor for Spring 2014: Dennis Conetta
Office Hours (in CELS Student Affairs Office): M 9-11am, W 12-2pm, Th2-3pm
5) 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:
- Other Useful Documents:
- Strategy for Applying for Internships, Jobs and Scholarships with a Formal Application Process - read this before asking for letters of recommendation!
- Template for a CV (resume) – NO, it doesn’t have to just be one page!
- How to Read a Scientific Paper - from Hampshire College
- 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