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Student Participation & Course Requirements

Program Course Requirements

Speaker suggested readings will be made available as pdf copies through the program website the week prior to each lecture.  All students are required to read the designated papers before speakers' presentations.

All students will meet informally with the visiting speaker from 4 - 5pm in Clark South 271 or a TBD location, to discuss speaker’s topic, presentation, suggested readings, etc..

Research Project
Credit for the course requires attendance at Tuesday's speaker seminar and at the student/speaker meetings, and completion of a research project by pre-general students (with oral presentations of results).  Some of the requirements differ for pre and post-general students as follows.

Pre-general students: carry out a research project related to this year’s theme – preferably something outside their current field of research.  They will be required to write this work up in an 8-10 page report, due at our last class meeting.  In addition, they will give a 12-15 minute oral presentation at the end of the course, reporting the results of their findings.  Project topics are generally solicited from the WHOI staff and will be posted early on in the semester on the program website under “Student Projects”.  Students can also propose their own research projects.

Post-general students (exam and thesis proposal-wise): present results from their research or a topic of interest in a 12-15 minute oral presentation at the end of the course.


Program Activities that Students are encouraged to participate in but not required

Student/Speaker Lunches

On seminar Tuesdays, prior to the guest speaker’s presentation at 1:30pm, we will ask 2-4 students enrolled in the course to join the speaker for lunch from 12 -1pm in the Buttery, with the program covering the expense.  This is a great opportunity for students to have some quality time with our guest speakers.

Group Dinner Parties
We traditional host visiting guest speakers to an informal buffet dinner party in someone’s home the evening after each seminar.  Anyone at WHOI including students are welcome to host these dinner parties.  The program covers all food and beverage costs, excluding alcohol.  Take out has been a carefree option for many hosts, although this is a good opportunity to show off one’s culinary skills. Guest speakers are surprised and flattered by this friendly and relaxed reception and it's a great way to get to know one's colleagues better and network with other institutions.

If you are interested in hosting any of these dinner gatherings for our guest speakers please contact Andrew Daly,, or this year's science organizers.

Study Tour
The Geodynamics Program sponsors a study tour during the summer following the spring semester.  Participating in the study tour is optional.  Students coming on the study tour will research some aspect or feature that will be seen in the field (instructors can give students a better idea once we finalize the visiting sites).  Students will be responsible for giving a brief presentation (informal 10 minute) in the field on this topic to the group.  In some past programs students have been able to work on these in pairs.