New to planning oceanographic field work? Wondering how to request research vessel time, or to request a submersible or ROV? Needing samples or wire-time to initiate a research project? If so, take part in the “2013 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise”. This cruise and a pre-cruise information short course will instruct early career marine scientists including PhD students on how to effectively plan for, acquire, utilize, and report on time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education. The full program will take place from October 16 - 25, 2013, beginning and ending at the University of Rhode Island Marine Operation Facilities in Narragansett, RI, and will include a 7-day cruise on the R/V Endeavor to at sea locations in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs (from within the U.S. only), research supplies and shipping. However, space is limited. To apply you must be an employee or student at a U.S. institution or a U.S. citizen working abroad. To apply, complete and submit the following form by April 1st, 2013. Pre-cruise planning will follow. To be considered, applications must be received by April 1st, 2013.

* 1. Please provide the following contact information:

* 2. Please explain why you are interested in this program. Do you see yourself leading a research cruise in the future?

* 3. Please indicate your discipline of study:

* 4. Please indicate any prior experience you have using UNOLS research vessels and/or requesting vessel use.

* 5. Please indicate the objectives of your research project that would benefit from sampling opportunities afforded by this training cruise program (please limit to about 250 words).

* 6. Please provide a description of your sampling/data collection needs (e.g. CTD, meteorological sensors, ADCP, MOCNESS, coring, dredging, towed SeaSoar, etc.). Indicate if you will supply any specialized equipment (e.g., moorings, Gliders, landers, towed vehicles). Where appropriate include an estimate of the number of casts/collections, and sampling depths.

* 7. Please indicate your collaborators (including other early career scientists who may be participating in the training cruise). Graduate students should include their thesis advisors.

* 8. Please indicate your preferred operational area within the general region of the Mid-Atlantic Bight, out ~120nm.

* 9. Please indicate any special ship equipment or facility needs you may have (e.g. vans, freezers, winches, etc.).

* 10. Please submit a brief supply, shipping, and travel budget (suggested to be <$1500). If you have created a budget in excel you can copy and paste that budget here.

* 11. Please provide justification for the budget provided in question 9 based on your intended ship use.

* 12. Please indicate your plans for future ship use (especially any that this training opportunity can help prepare you for).

* 13. List the names, phone numbers and emails of two people who would be able to recommend you for this program, and be able to speak to your leadership potential, the importance of your research goals, need for ship time, and the feasibility of your project.