Diversity programs and partnerships provide learning opportunities, mentoring, fellowships and other horizon-building experiences for minority students to explore careers in the Earth System sciences.
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program – U.S. Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO) Diversity internship was a paid 10-12 week experience open to minority students enrolled full-time at U.S. universities or colleges (or recent graduates) that have significant interests in the ocean and/or Earth sciences.
Initiated in 2011, the main objective of the Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship was to encourage minority Graduate students enrolled full-time at a U.S. university or college to conduct research in topics related to scientific ocean drilling, or develop technology that will help advance science or engineering in scientific ocean drilling research.
The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in the Earth System Sciences (MS PHD’S) Professional Development Program provides minority undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for increased exposure to, interaction with, and participation in the Earth system science communities. As an institutional partner, Ocean Leadership provides entrée into the international nature of large-scale science programs.
Funded through the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO) for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fellowship provided a mechanism for students enrolled full-time at HBCUs to pursue studies in Earth Systems sciences (or complementary fields), or to explore a broad range of careers in scientific ocean drilling and large-scale science program management. This program was replaced in 2011 with the Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Educator at Sea was a pilot diversity activity funded through the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO) for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) that ended in 2010.
Oceans of Opportunity: Enhancing African American Participation in the Marine Sciences was a pilot program that ended in 2008 and built sustained engagement of African American students in the marine geosciences at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels in the Savannah, GA area. Led by Savannah State University, Ocean Leadership was a partner in Oceans of Opportunity, along with Georgia State University and Adelphi University.