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Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences:Graduate Program

Graduate Academic and Research Options in OEAS

Our integrated curriculum of active learning through research and courses is designed to give graduates the skill sets and prepare them for a range of careers in academia, education and the private sector.

NEXT STEP: If you are interested in applying to the graduate program or just want to know more, please contact our graduate student liaison Dr. Victoria Hill vhill@odu.edu 757-683-4911

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: submission of your graduate student application is needed by 1st February for the fall semester. Students are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible to be included in scholarship opportunities.

OPEN HOUSE FOR PROPECTIVE STUDENTS: We hold an open house for admitted and prospective graduate students in early spring, where you can meet the faculty, tour the campus and local area and meet current and other prospective graduate students.

STUDENT SUPPORT: Our goal is to provide all our graduate students needed support through teaching or research assistantships.

Degree information HERE

Additional information contact:

Dr. Peter Sedwick
Graduate Program Director
OEAS, ODU, 4600 Elkhorn Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23529
Email: psedwick@odu.edu

RESEARCH LOCATIONS: Take a look at this map.

Apply Here

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate Forms: HERE

Thesis & Dissertation Guide: HERE

Scholarship Applications

Jacques S. Zaneveld Endowed Scholarship

Neil and Susan Kelley Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dorothy Brown Smith Scholarship

Lee Entsminger Scholarship for Coastal Geology

Students wishing to make application for these scholarships:

1) Must be a full-time* graduate student in Old Dominion University's Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. (*except for the Dorothy Brown Smith Scholarship, for which half-time students are eligible)

2) Must meet any specific requirements called for in the scholarship description, e.g., "open to M.S. students only"

3) For the Zaneveld, Kelley, and Entsminger Scholarships, applicants must submit a written application, consisting of:
a) a resume (or curriculum vitae)
b) an unofficial copy of her/his ODU transcript
c) a letter of recommendation from his/her major advisor
d) a proposal - define the research question you are addressing ( 2-page maximum)
e) an itemized budget, with a paragraph of justification, including an explanation as to why the student's advisor cannot or will not provide the funds from grants (1-page maximum)

4) For the Smith Scholarship, applicants must submit an abstract accepted for an oral or poster presentation at a scientific meeting, a summary travel budget (transportation, food and lodging, registration and abstract fees, as applicable), and a letter of support from your faculty advisor. The application must be submitted at least one month in advance of the meeting.

The Zaneveld, Kelley, and Entsminger scholarships are available once a year deadline in July. Applications for the Smith awards will be accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted. Applications are to be delivered to the Department's Administrative Assistant, Rebecca Harris.

Evaluation will be based primarily on merit, but some consideration will be made to need.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship at a time.

Finally, please note the Zaneveld, Kelley, and Entsminger scholarships are to be provided in addition to the recipients' regular GTA or GRA stipends. The Smith scholarship is designated, effective immediately, for travel awards (up to $2,500 each) to support students' participation at scientific meetings.

Jacques S. Zaneveld Endowed Scholarship

  • One recipient per competition
  • Must demonstrate financial need for funding in the preparation of his/her dissertation in the field of biological oceanography by completing a current FAFSA (Financial Aid Form) to qualify
  • Student is selected by the Graduate Education Committee and candidate selection is forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Aid

Neil and Susan Kelley Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Open to students pursuing a Master of Science in oceanography
  • Awarded on merit
  • May be renewed annually, for a period covering the Master's degree only, if recipient has and maintains a 3.0 GPA
  • Student is selected by the Graduate Education Committee and candidate selection is forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Aid

Dorothy Brown Smith Scholarship

  • Open to students majoring in oceanography
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
  • Student is selected by the Graduate Education Committee and candidate selection is forwarded to the OEAS

Lee Entsminger Scholarship for Coastal Geology

  • Student must meet or exceed the University's academic requirement of maintaining no less than a 3.0 average
  • Student is selected by the Graduate Education Committee and candidate selection is forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Preference is given to a student emphasizing the geosciences; if no such student is available, the Graduate Education Committee may recommend any student in the department.

Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in Ocean Sciences

In partnership with Hampton University and The School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), the Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in the Ocean Sciences is part of ODU's graduate offerings in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. The overall program seeks to increase the diversity of students earning doctoral degrees in the ocean sciences.

For more information on the Hall-Bonner Program, including application (students apply for regular enrollment in the Ocean and Earth Sciences Graduate Program at ODU; Hall-Bonner is only a funding source for attending ODU):http://science.hamptonu.edu/mes/hall_bonner.cfm

To learn more about the Hall-Bonner Program in the Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at ODU , contact: Dr. Gregory Cutter, ODU Hall-Bonner Director,gcutter@odu.edu