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Student-Led Evaluations & Development (SLED)

SLED is a student-led group that represents the academic interests of graduate students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). The primary focus of SLED is evaluating the state of mentorship on the RSMAS campus and developing tools and resources for the administration to use in order to effect broad and long-lasting impacts on the programmatic success of student-mentor relationships. This committee is also charged with having a role in facilitating professional and academic development of the RSMAS graduate student body. Click here to view or download the official SLED committee charter (pdf).

Current SLED committee representatives:

Christina Pasparakis

Christina Pasparakis

I am currently a 3rd year PhD student in the MBE department working in Martin Grosell’s Lab. My research interests include cardiac and overall physiology of embryonic and larval mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), along with investigating the sublethal effects of the DWH oil spill on the sensitive early life stages of this ecologically and economically important fish species.


Kayleen

Kayleen McMonigal

I am a 3rd year PhD student in MPO working with Prof. Lisa Beal. My research focuses on the circulation and heat transport of the south Indian Ocean. I am originally from Tacoma, Washington, and I spend most of my free time running.


Eleanor

Eleanor Middlemas

I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate, working with Dr. Amy Clement in the Atmospheric Sciences department. My research uses climate models to understand how large-scale ocean circulation and patterns of cloud formation can influence changes in sea surface temperature on timescales longer than 2 years. I am originally from Tennessee and received my BSc in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech.


Latreese Denson

LaTreese Denson

I am a 3rd year student in the MBE Ph.D. program. I am originally from Queens, NY. I received my B.S. from North Carolina State University and my M.S. from Oregon State University. My research focuses on understanding fish population dynamics and incorporating spatial structure and oceanographic data into fisheries stock assessment models.


Giddens

Emma Giddens

I am a 2nd year PhD student in MGS working with Dr. Gregor Eberli to evaluate the petrophysical properties of a carbonate drift fan in the Maldives. I am from Los Angeles, CA and received my M.S. in geology from the University of Oklahoma and a double B.S. in geology and applied mathematics from Southern Methodist University.


Martin

Christina Martin

I am currently a 3rd year PhD student in the MBE department working in Martin Grosell’s Lab. My research interests include cardiac and overall physiology of embryonic and larval mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), along with investigating the sublethal effects of the DWH oil spill on the sensitive early life stages of this ecologically and economically important fish species.


The RSMAS Outstanding Mentor Award:

Effective mentoring is one of the cornerstones of a fruitful graduate student education. The annual RSMAS Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes a RSMAS faculty or staff member who displays excellent mentoring qualities. The awardee receives a certificate at a school-wide reception and their name is engraved on a plaque and displayed on campus. For current and previous recipients, click here.

The Student - Mentor Relationship Survey:

This survey is administered to the students in order to gather data on the status of student-mentor relationships. This survey has 2 primary goals:

1) Gather data as a means of tracking historical trends in student-mentor interaction at RSMAS

2) Provide analysis that will inform the current administration on how to improve RSMAS graduate mentorship.