At a Glance

What: Graduate Training Symposium | When: April 6-7, 2016 | Where: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

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Event Information

Update April 14, 2016: Resources added and poster/presentation award winners announced. See listings below.

The Graduate Training Symposium is set for April 6-7, 2016, in New Bern.

Graduate students face the challenge of telling the story of their research to many audiences.

North Carolina Sea Grant’s training symposium, open to all graduate students across the state, will include:

  • Developing and presenting your “elevator message,”
  • Writing a successful grant proposal, and
  • Incorporating extension and outreach activities in your work.

The program opens April 6, with an afternoon plenary and training session before a poster reception. The next day will be spent looking at communication strategies, audiences and avenues.

Some travel scholarships will be available.

For sponsorship and other information, contact John Fear at or 919-515-9104.

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Poster Session

Renee Pellitier accepts the first place poster contest prize from John Fear during the 2016 Graduate Communications Symposium.

Renee Pellitier accepts the first place poster contest prize from John Fear during the April 2016 Graduate Training Symposium.

The poster session on April 6 enabled students to practice the communications strategies and skills they learned in the afternoon.

The poster/presentation winners are:

  • First place: Renee Pelletier, UNCW, Spatial assessment of Cuban coral reef mortality in response to changing US-Cuban relations
  • Second place (tie): Tyler Carrier, UNC-Charlotte, Resistance of echinoid larvae to starvation and harmful algae: may larval evolution be shaped by phytoplankton dynamics?

    Second place (tie): Cecilia Krahforst, ECU, Toadfish (Opsanus tau) developing under vessel noise have a reduced response to vibration
  • Third place: Lee Parton, NCSU, Measuring the impact of greenway infrastructure: How are environmental amenities valued across heterogeneous populations?
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Hounshell, UNC-CH, Using Fluorescence to track organic matter cycling in the Neuse River Estuary, North Carolina using nutrient addition bioassays


Grant Writing 101 – Pam Whitlock, Sponsored Research Consulting