From the Liaison-Dr. Patricia Thibodeau

"SURF-ing through Summer"
I hope everyone has been able to get outside and enjoy some of their summer under the guise of the pandemic. Taking long-weekend get-aways has helped me break up the monotony of working from home and maintain motivation in my research. I also had the opportunity to participate in the RI C-AIM Vis-A-Thon this summer and am really excited about the finished product and look forward to sharing it with you in an upcoming issue of The Breakdown. For this month, check out Jonny Benoit’s Vis-A-Thon project entitled, “Sounds of the Bay,” below!

Despite complications with the pandemic, the SURF program was able to continue this summer with another successful round of exciting projects. There are over 35 SURF students this year with most of them working entirely remote. I wanted to highlight the research of the SURF students and congratulate them on persevering through their projects during these uncertain times. Check out the broad range of topics, as well as meet some of our undergraduates, below.

With the start of the Fall semester around the corner, I wanted to wish everyone good luck! We will hold a virtual Get-Together Thursday, Sept. 24, for RI C-AIM students and postdocs to share research they conducted over the summer. Whether you have a figure you want to share or a picture from a memorable research moment in the field (good or bad!), it’d be great to hear what you were up to. Students that created presentations for the RI C-AIM Site Visit with NSF should consider sharing their talks, as well!

Finally, now that I’m half way through my time as postdoc/graduate student liaison for RI C-AIM, I wanted to touch base with everyone and see how you think things are going. Please complete this survey, which should take no longer than five minutes, so I can learn how to best support you and your needs while participating with RI C-AIM. Thank you!


Getting to Know:
RI C-AIM's 2020 SURF students
Above: A word cloud, created by Tricia Thibodeau, of 2020 SURF project themes.
Throughout the fall, we will be featuring profiles from students across Rhode Island participating in RI C-AIM's 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This week, University of Rhode Island's Robin Fidel, Roger William University's Sydney Paquette, and Bryant University's Joshua Turner give insight into the marine research their conducting this year. Read more!
Robin Fidel
Sydney Paquette
Joshua Turner
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Virtual Get-Togethers

To keep all our students in our research community connected, RI C-AIM is hosting monthly, informal virtual meetings via WebEx. We will have a lead speaker on various topics of discussion. The next get-together will happen on Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m.
We want to hear from you!

Let us know more about your cool RI C-AIM research and how your routines have changed as a result of COVID-19, and we will share it via social media, our newsletters and website. For more info, contact RI C-AIM Communications Coordinator Shaun Kirby at [email protected]
Get in touch: RI C-AIM's Diversity Action Committee
As chair of RI C-AIM’s Diversity Action Committee, Chuck Watson is available as a resource for C-AIM students and postdocs. 

His email is [email protected].
Have questions or comments for the Graduate student/Postdoc Liaison?

Reach out to Patricia via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PattyPlankton
Header image courtesy Alexa Sterling