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2013 Geodynamics Program
EXPERIMENTS: Simulating The Earth In The Lab

Student Participation and Course Requirements

Student meetings with guest speakers will be from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Clark 507 with seminars afterward on Thursdays starting Feb. 7, ending May 16, 2013

Depending on the number of students, each visiting speaker will have at least one student host (preferably a post-General student).  Hosting will entail organizing a small group of students to take the speaker to lunch (usually the Buttery with the program covering the expense).

All students will meet alone with the visiting speaker 1:00 -1:30 p.m. in Clark 507 to discuss readings provided by the speaker in advance (Andrew will make the readings available as pdf copies on the website the week prior to each lecture).  All students are required to read the papers, and it will be useful to have the speaker’s host help lead the discussion.

This meeting will be followed by the speaker's talk, which is open to the WHOI community.

Student Course Requirements

Credit for the seminar requires attendance at Thursdays meetings and completion of a research project (with oral presentations of results).  Some of the requirements differ for pre and post-general students

Pre-generals 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 posted on the program website under “Student Projects”.

Post-generals 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.

Study Tour Participation

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 of something that will be seen in the field (instructors can give students a better idea once we finalize the field trip 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, and prior to the trip, instructors have compiled a list of potential topics for field trip schpeels.