• Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
10 Years Anniversary Conference

Optimizing the Intern Experience: A Woods Hole Workshop

Sponsored by NSF, with additional funding from the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative

The goal of the proposed workshop is strengthening undergraduate programs that seek to increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

The workshop objectives are:

  1. to review the past decade’s experience with undergraduate research internship programs that seek to encourage students from underrepresented minority (URM) groups to pursue careers in the geosciences
  2. to develop a blueprint for the future of such programs
  3. to continue and support efforts to strengthen collaborations between MSIs and geoscience education and research communities.

Event Date & Location


Professional attendees, please plan to check-in at Conference Registration at the National Academy of Science – Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, between 11:00am – 12:00pm. ET on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  Attendance at all scheduled activities is highly recommended.

PEP alumni and REU program graduates, please plan to check-in at Conference Registration at the WHOI Clark Building 507 between 7:30am – 8:20am. ET on Friday, June 28, 2019.
When making travel arrangements, please plan to depart Woods Hole on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Travel Information


Please go to the registration link and register.


Please proceed with booking your flights and arranging ground transportation (Peter Pan buses run from Logan Airport in Boston to Falmouth; bus transportation from Providence’s Green airport is limited).


A block of rooms has been reserved for participants at the Holiday Inn in Falmouth. Please call and make your reservations (the group name is “SEA”). You will pay for the room and submit receipts to us for reimbursement. If you are not able to get one of the rooms reserved for the conference, you might try other Falmouth area hotels. Three potentials are Admiralty Inn and Suites (508-548-4240); Mariner Motel (508-548-1331); and Town and Beach Motel (508-548-1380).


If you have any further questions, please contact Event Coordinator Kwanza Johnson (kwanza.johnson@noaa.gov or 508-495-4745)

Travel Reimbursement Requirements

  • Completed and signed W9 form
  • Receipts in PDF format (if possible)
  • SEA check reimbursement (request) form
  • Email subject line: June 27 – June 30 Workshop Reimbursement
  • PDF file named using the following format: LastName_FirstName_JuneWorkshopReimbursement
  • Send forms and receipts to: brobinson@sea.edu
  • Deadline to submit: Friday, July 19 at 5pm

As a reminder, unless permitted otherwise, there is $900 travel reimbursement limit. We are providing reimbursement for mileage, car rentals, meals, hotel costs, baggage, and flights that we receive proof of purchase for.

For questions, please contact Kwanza Johnson, George Liles, and (for invitational travelers only) Billy White.