2017 Geodynamics Program: Student Participation & 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.

Students in the course will be solicited each week by the organizers to join the guest speakers for lunch at 12 noon in the Buttery with the program covering the expense.  This is not a requirement, just a great opportunity for students to have some quality time with our guest speakers.

All students will meet with the visiting speaker from 4 - 5pm in Clark 237 or a TBD location, to discuss speaker topic, presentation and articles provided by the speaker in advance. 

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

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 or feature 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.