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Scientists Mentoring Graduate Students on Research and Teaching Through COSEE Concept Mapping Collaborative Workshops
 Concept mapping at a COSEE-OS workshop
Four COSEE Centers - Ocean Systems, West, Networked Ocean World, and California - held concept mapping collaborative workshops to help scientists mentor graduate students to improve their teaching and research. Each of the four collaborative workshops paired about five ocean scientists with 25 graduate students in groups of five.

Formative and summative evaluation results indicate that the workshops promoted more peer to peer interactions between faculty and graduate students and more familiarity with Ocean Literacy and Climate Literacy principles. An additional surprising benefit of the concept mapping collaborative workshops for graduate students were the ways in which concept mapping was able to help graduate students with their research - in presenting their research ideas to their faculty advisor, planning collaborative work in their laboratory, organizing research ideas for a proposal to a funding agency, developing the early stages of experimental design or thinking on a new research topic, or determining how their research fits in the bigger picture of their scientific discipline.

Presented by T. Repa, P. Kwon, C. Companion, and A. deCharon at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

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