Fellowship Experiences


A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

research fellow, SAV study. Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Things Will Go Wrong, and That’s Okay! Adaptation Is Key

Leone Yisrael •
There is not much in life that works perfectly the first time around, so it’s safe to assume that my PhD work will not go perfectly either. It is still incredibly hard to move past these mistakes sometimes, especially when I feel like I am making no progress in my projects.   Read more...

The Many Sides of Being a Modeler

Allison Dreiss •
One thing I learned this summer is modeling has its struggles and frustrations. Yet, once you get through these struggles, the rewards are worth it.  Read more...

Sometimes, the best part of being a scientist is saying: “I don’t know”

Leone Yisrael •
When I was seven years old, I believed certain people could always answer my questions about the world: scientists and my mom. Sadly, I think many children (and also adults) think this way because schools teach science in terms of fact, when that isn’t necessarily the way scientific research works.  Read more...

Undergoing the Metamorphosis from Student to Professional Scientist (English)

Mairim M. Villafañe-Vicente •

Hello, readers! I am Mairim M. Villafañe-Vicente from Gurabo, Puerto Rico. I am part of the SEAS Islands Alliance, a Maryland Sea Grant-supported and National Science Foundation-funded geosciences student pathways program that focuses on the islands of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands.  Read more...

Learn to code and save time

Erika Koontz •
The software program called R provides scientists with a tool for reproducible graphics and statistical analysis.  Read more...

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