IMES students engage with members of the professional community to experience how science stakeholders use scientific information for a wide range of professional occupations that concern marine and estuarine science.
IMES students will be exposed to successively more intensive training in writing skills that are needed to communicate with non-scientific audiences, environmental agencies, grant agencies. The goals of these writing classes are to increase success in the program and reduce time to graduation by providing formal instruction in writing the thesis prospectus, and continue to provide structured support through two 1 unit courses that focus on improving the Introduction and Methods and Results and Discussion sections of the thesis manuscript in a peer-to-peer supportive environment.
Coursework in the program focuses on Science Communication and provides a structured environment for making steady progress on writing while receiving peer and mentor feedback.
Each course will focus on writing specific program elements in accord with the semester in which they are taken. MSCI 715 focuses on writing the thesis prospectus. MSCI 717 and 718 focus on providing instruction in data presentation and statistical analysis, writing the thesis manuscript, and provide guidance for professional development including applying for jobs and PhD programs. Also, the graduate seminar courses require students to give at least one presentation throught the semester, providing experience in communicating peer-reviewed studies as is done at a conference.
IMES students will learn science communication via Pedagogical Training Workshops
A core component of the program is the Graduate Teaching Associateship or Teaching Assistantship (GTA/TA) that can be fulfilled for financial support. This experience allows IMES graduate students to engage in teaching their own class of 10-15 SF State undergraduate students in a lab setting for at least one semester. Salary level varies depending on the class level and department. Alternatively, students can enroll in BIOL/SCI 750: Science Teaching for Scientists for additional pedagogical training, an introduction to science education, and partnership.