The Great Lakes FST workshop will introduce participants to the intriguing study of fisheries science and will explore careers in fisheries ecology, management, and conservation.
At the workshop, we will present a diverse group of participants with the foundational elements of fisheries ecology, management, and modeling in a manner that is engaging and accessible, regardless of the students' ecological and quantitative background. We will explore how aquatic ecology and quantitative methods can be integrated and used to solve fisheries management problems. Finally, we will provide a robust view of careers in fisheries science and guidance on how to advance and become more confident and qualified when applying for both graduate and employment opportunities.
The workshop will take place Saturday, July 30, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022, in Ohio. Students must attend the entire program. Applications are due January 17, 2022.
Complete the Qualtrics survey linked at the "Apply Here" button below. The application must be completed in one sitting (it cannot be saved and completed later), so we have provided the application questions in this section of the website below, as well as in a downloadable format [pdf]. We have also created a video below to give you more instruction on how to complete the application and so that you know what to expect once you open the Qualtrics survey. If at any time during the application process you have an issue, feel free to reach out the Beth Wallace for help - your application review will not be impacted by any hiccups or questions in the application process. Applications are due January 17, 2022.
Below are the long form questions on the workshop application. Use this list to help you prepare your answers so that you may more easily enter them (or simply paste them) into the online application form once it is available.
- Why are you interested in or what attracted you to apply to this workshop?
- WORK/VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: If you have been working or volunteering, while in school, please tell us more about your experience. For example, where do you work/volunteer, how many hours per week, what skills do you believe you have learned?
- PERSEVERANCE: Describe a time when you have faced a difficult academic challenge or personal hurdle that you successfully navigated. What was the challenge and how did you handle it?
- RESEARCH: (Research Experience is not required to apply for the workshop.) If you have had any experiences with research (in class, in a lab, or at work), please share them here. What was particularly interesting to you? What did you learn? If you haven't had research experience, what excites you about research or this workshop?
- LEADERSHIP: Outside of your academic experiences, can you share any leadership roles or community service experiences you have held in your community, workplace, religious institution? Were there any accomplishments related to this experience that you are proud of?
We realize you are more than the sum of the information from the questions above, so you will also have a space to share with us anything else about yourself that you think will help us better understand the information you provide, better understand who you are, or better highlight your fit for this workshop.
You will also be asked to list all college-level math and science courses which you passed and the name and email of one reference.
Saturday, July 30, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022. Students must attend the entire program.
- The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Columbus, Ohio: July 30 - 31
- Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, Huron, Ohio: July 31
- The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island, Ohio: July 31 - August 5
All expenses will be paid for admitted participants, including all travel costs, field trips, workshop provided lodging (which may be shared with one or two other participants), and meals while at the workshop. A $250 stipend will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop to help cover any additional expenses incurred due to participation in the workshop.
Any undergraduate (currently enrolled at an institution in the United States with at least one year of college credit and no graduate school experience) or recently graduated student residing in the United States (with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 graduation date) who has an interest in learning more about fisheries ecology and the quantitative tools used to inform fisheries management should apply.
Applicants do not need extensive experience in quantitative methods, research, or fisheries science to apply for and receive a spot in the workshop. We are hoping to reach a diverse group of students who may not have historically had access to the fisheries science community, in addition to students who are more actively seeking opportunities in fisheries science.
The workshop will consist of 8 days of a rich assortment of activities from hands-on modeling and laboratory sessions to field trips to professional development activities.
- Community Building Activities will create a sense of camaraderie among workshop participants
- Field Excursions and Lab-based Fisheries Skills Sessions will allow students to experience life on the water and demonstrate how fisheries assessment data are collected
- Knowledge Sessions will introduce foundational elements of fisheries ecology, management and modeling
- Hands on Modeling Labs will explore ways to address contemporary fishery science problems
- Career Showcases will exhibit professions in fisheries research, management, and conservation, and will provide advice on how to access those careers
- Professional Development Sessions will bolster fundamental scientific and communication skills
Fisheries scientists seek to understand and sustainably manage recreational and commercial fisheries. Effectively managing fisheries requires a workforce that is skilled in both fisheries ecology and associated quantitative methods.
Fishery scientists with cross-disciplinary training are especially valuable today, as most aquatic ecosystems are threatened by one or more forms of human-driven environmental change like climate change, nutrient pollution, exploitation, invasive species, or land modification.
As the field of fisheries science continues to move towards ecosystem-based management, the need has increased for more engagement between managers and an increasingly broad range of stakeholders. In turn, the need for a fisheries science workforce that is diverse (racially, ethnically, economically, and gender-diverse) has also increased.
More information about Careers in Fisheries Science
We seek to create a safe, friendly, respectful, and engaging environment where everyone feels welcome and motivated to work and learn together. Both workshop participants and workshop mentors are responsible for creating such an environment. As a community, we will strive for an empathetic environment where everyone feels:
- valued, respected, and welcome to contribute opinions and perspectives;
- safe from any form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying, harassment, and assault; and
- that they have the potential to be their best, with appreciation for all backgrounds and beliefs
Given the importance of embracing diversity, including for solving fisheries management problems [pdf], FST workshop participants will be expected to undertake some training in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) issues prior to the workshop, as well as come prepared to talk about DEI issues in fisheries science at the workshop.
Links to other DEI resources:
- The Ohio State University Diversity in STEMM Initiative
- The Ohio State University Diversity Initiative
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: DEI Statement
- Ecological Society of America Resources for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice