Fellowship Experiences


A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

research fellow, SAV study. Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Photo, Debbie Hinkle
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Failure is an Option: The Rewards and Challenges of Fieldwork

Matt Stefanak • February 23, 2023
Fieldwork is one of the most challenging, rewarding, and exciting parts of marine science. Find out how Ph.D. student Matt Stefanak finds the silver lining when fieldwork doesn't go as planned.  Read more...

Moving to Frostburg: A new chapter in Western Maryland

Grace O'Hara • February 10, 2023

The next logical step for me after obtaining my bachelor’s degree was graduate school, the pinnacle of my education. I hope graduate school will allow me to further specialize within the broad field of environmental science and refine technical laboratory skills.


Changing Careers to the Marine Sciences

Michael Kalinowski • January 27, 2023
Master's student Michael Kalinowski talks about his experience and shares advice on switching careers to the marine sciences.  Read more...

Is There an Intro to Grad School Class I Can Take?

Carly Maas • October 11, 2022

The Friday before classes start holds a mixture of excitement, nerves, and anticipation. Each year on that day, the geology department holds its graduate orientation, an all-day event where first-year to fifth-year students come together to learn not only about policies, but also about each other.


The Cure for Plant Blindness: Expanding horizons in graduate school

Carly Maas • July 12, 2022

“Are you suffering from plant blindness?” my teacher, Professor Andrew Baldwin, asked the class.


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