Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship
The Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship was funded through the U.S. Implementing Organization (USIO) for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program to encourage:
- more minority Graduate students enrolled full-time in a Geosciences program to complete research in topics related to scientific ocean drilling;
- more minority Graduate students enrolled full-time in an Engineering program to develop technology that will help advance science or engineering in scientific ocean drilling research.
The Fellowship also highlighted opportunities in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program that may encourage minority Graduate students in Geosciences or Engineering programs to pursue careers in scientific ocean drilling and/or participate in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, one of the world’s largest international marine research programs, is dedicated to advancing understanding of Earth’s processes through scientific drilling of the ocean floor.
Rocio Caballero-Gill, a Ph.D. student from Brown University, was the IODP-USIO’s first Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellow. Using data from Deep Sea Drilling Project Leg 90 (Site 594) and Ocean Drilling Program Leg 181 (Site 1125), Ms. Caballero-Gill worked with Dr. Timothy Herbert on a research project titled “Investigating a Potential Mechanism for Sustained Pliocene Warmth Using Micropaleontology and Alkenone Paleothermometry” to answer critical questions in Pliocene climate research.