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Searching for the Bright Side: Graduate studies during a pandemic

Sarah Cvach • April 11, 2020

Where I live, this time of year is usually one of the best times.

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My Scientific Crush: The Chesapeake Bay

Daniel Teodoro • April 3, 2020

Truth be told, at the start of my PhD journey I did not expect to focus all of my research on the Chesapeake Bay. A combination of opportunity and pragmatism led me to let go of my initial study area in my home country of El Salvador and pursue a fellowship with Maryland Sea Grant.

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The water cycle is not just about H20: How a grade-school standby could benefit from an update

Matthew Tyler Wilfong • March 10, 2020

Most people remember learning about the water cycle in grade school: evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, and condensation. We may not all remember exactly how they fit into the cycle, but can draw some resemblance from memory. I am willing to bet you can come up with something fairly close if you tried to now.

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I stayed open to opportunity, and it led to me meeting a childhood hero

Melanie Jackson Osborn • February 28, 2020

I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw my colleague’s question in an email. “Would you be available to staff a 24-hour Ocean Exploration STEM event with Admiral Gallaudet, Dr. Ballard, and Senator Moran next week?”

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To pursue a doctorate or not . . . that is the question

Taylor Armstrong • January 6, 2020

Deciding whether to pursue a PhD in a scientific field can feel the same as Hamlet’s phrase contemplating between existence and non-existence. For a young person deciding his or her life’s course, it’s a pretty big decision. A PhD is a long-term commitment filled with a lot of work and little pay. Will you enjoy it? Or will you simply endure it?

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