Application Form

Scientific Ocean Drilling IMPACT Workshops, summer 2021

Welcome & Description

Thank you for your interest in the Scientific Ocean Drilling IMPACT virtual workshop sessions; we are thrilled to hear from you!

IMPACT's goal is to build relationships and collect information from an array of different voices. This series of sessions is designed to be a conversation that involves your active participation. Please come ready to share your expertise and listen to others.

This application is for the virtual portion of the IMPACT workshop series, including an orientation and virtual sessions on Engaging the Public, Informing Policymakers, and Preparing the Next Generation. The information gathered via these sessions will inform the design of a larger workshop to be held in person when it is safe to do so. The in-person workshop will have a separate application.

To apply to one or more of the IMPACT virtual sessions, please fill out the following form. It will be used to confirm attendees and tailor content to each individual session.

Time Requirement

This application will require about 15 to 30 minutes of your time, depending on how detailed your answers are.


All information gathered in this application will be kept confidential among members of the IMPACT Steering Committee. No reference will be made in written or oral materials that could link you to this application beyond the Steering Committee.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about this form, you may contact Dr. Don Haas (, Dr. Lisa White (, or Sharon Cooper (, co-chairs of the IMPACT Steering Committee.

Required vs. Optional Questions

Your completion of this application form is required to attend the IMPACT virtual workshop sessions. However, any questions involving sensitive information are optional. All required questions are labeled as such.


Here are the deadlines to apply for each pair of workshop sessions:

  • Engaging the Public: apply by May 24th (Application deadline has past)
  • Informing Policymakers: June 21st
  • Preparing the Next Generation: July 1st

Complete the following form and click on SUBMIT to confirm your application. Be sure to hit the SUBMIT button before leaving this page or your information will be lost.

Participant Information

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Question Set

Below are short descriptions of each workshop session. The next set of questions that follow are to gauge your interests in each of the sessions.

Engaging the Public, June 22 & 24

This workshop will engage members of diverse communities in brainstorming exercises around these four questions:

1. How can we foster partnerships and collaborations between your community and scientific ocean drilling?
2. What questions do you (your community) have about deep ocean exploration and how the Earth works?
3. What tools of engagement work best (e.g., videos, social media, curricula, books, events, etc.) in your community/organization?
4. How do the people in your community connect science and cultural world views?

Informing Policymakers, July 19 & 21

During this workshop, we will be considering three main questions:

1. What research and programs does Scientific Ocean Drilling conduct that have policy implications? E.g. geohazards, earth climate history, marine resources.
2. How does Scientific Ocean Drilling currently convey information about these topics to policymakers and into policy and how can those efforts be strengthened? What is the best mechanism to reach policymakers and what are they interested in?
3. How can scientists and policy makers work together to help lower some of the barriers to cross fertilization across science agencies and international partners?

Preparing the Next Generation, August 2 & 4

Participants in these sessions will share ideas and consider strategies around the following questions:

1. How can we build greater awareness of Scientific Ocean Drilling-related career opportunities, especially for marginalized communities in STEM?
2. How can we expand, develop, compile and better promote Scientific Ocean Drilling-related educational resources?
3. How can professional development be better designed to develop critical scientific and transdisciplinary skills for all educators?
4. What are the best accessible practices for creating and expanding opportunities for undergraduate research that involves Scientific Ocean Drilling data and samples?
5. What are effective mentoring strategies for graduate students, postdocs, and tenure-track faculty within Scientific Ocean Drilling; and how can we expand on effective mentoring in the community, especially for marginalized communities in STEM?
6. How can we effectively expand training programs (e.g., short courses and workshops) to further for scientists involved with Scientific Ocean Drilling research?

Please rank in order which workshop sessions you are most interested in. If you are only interested in one or two workshops, please only indicate those preferences.

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Programmatic accommodationsWe are committed to providing universal access to our programming and supporting special accommodation requests to the best of our ability. Please check the box below if you would like a member of the workshop support staff to follow up with you to assist with accommodations that support your needs.

Demographics (optional)

These questions are all optional. Workshop participants will be selected with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. The questions below were developed in support of that goal. You are welcome to skip any or all of these questions if you prefer not to answer them.

Identify any facet of the geoscience community you are or have been part of. Check all that apply.

Race (select one or more, or leave all boxes blank):

Disability status (select one or more, or leave blank):

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Workshop Participation and Product ReleaseIn submitting my application for the Scientific Ocean Drilling IMPACT Workshops, I affirm that if invited I will attend and will complete pre-session assignments to the best of my abilities.

I also agree that my contributions to creative works that emerge from project activities (e.g., discussions on the email list, contributions to web pages, summaries of group discussion, etc.) may be used for development of future workshop materials, for scholarly reports, and other project products. Attribution for original contributions will be made whenever possible.

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