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5/3/2022
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AAUS 2022 Election

The 2022 AAUS election is now open and closes 30 June. The election is open to Full Voting Members (individual and OM Reps) in good standing. Below you will find the slate of candidates. Bios and Election Questions can be found HERE .  

All voting is to take place on the website. Please follow the directions below; be an active part of your Academy and VOTE!

To write in a candidate, email name of the write-in candidate to two of the election committee members:
· Diana Steller ([email protected])
· Mike Anghera ([email protected])
· Cheryl Thacker ([email protected])
· Steve Sellers ([email protected])

President-elect Candidate: 
Jessica Keller, University of Miami 
Derek Smith, SODA

Director-at-Large Candidates: 
Ryan Bradley, East Carolina University 
Zach Foltz, Smithsonian Marine Station, Ft. Pierce 
Jeff Godfrey, University of Connecticut 
Andrew Morgan, California State University Monterey Bay 
Lora Pride, Jacobs Engineering, Inc.

Instructions for Online Voting:
1. Login at www.aaus.org. Your username is the email address on file with AAUS. Password can be reset with "forgot password" if needed.
2. Go to Members Tab then Members Profile.
3. Blue Vote Now button below member info block on the left-hand side of the page.
4. Carefully follow onscreen instructions to submit vote.

5/2/2022
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Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

The Florida Public Archaeology Network, the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are pleased to present the next Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar (HADS) on 12-14 May 2022! This year’s HADS will be offered both in-person and virtually, with two evenings of classroom instruction (12 and 13 May) and one morning of diving in Marathon, FL, for in-person attendees (14 May).

The Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar will focus on providing dive professionals and educators with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment. Upon completion of the Seminar, participants will be able to teach the Heritage Awareness Specialty Course as well as incorporate underwater historic preservation into other courses.

The cost to participate is $100 for virtual attendees and $175 for in-person attendees (includes charter boat with two tanks); course costs also include access to digital copies of course materials, including PowerPoints with notes. Virtual and in-person HADS graduates will meet all qualifications necessary to complete the HADS Specialty Instructor certification (approved by PADI, SDI, and NAUI). Those interested in attending can register via the FPAN website. Please contact Nicole Grinnan ([email protected]) if you have any questions or would like additional information.

5/2/2022
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AAUS Student Scholarships 2022

The AAUS Foundation awards scholarships to graduate students engaged in, or planning to begin, research projects in which diving is used as an important research tool or studying diving science. The Foundation awards $3000 to each winning proposal from the Masters and Doctoral level submissions. Additionally, the AAUS may award $1500 scholarships to the second ranked proposals in each category.
Applicants must:
• Be a current member of AAUS (student or full member). Please review the difference between a member and AAUS scientific diver described in the FAQs here. Prospective applicants can join at www.aaus.org/Join.
• Be accepted and enrolled in a Master's program (for the Master's Program award) or a Ph.D. program (for the Ph.D. program award). • Submit online application form.
• Submit a proposal of 3 to 5 pages describing the research methods, significance of the research, and a budget (if part of a larger budget, specify how AAUS funds will be spent). Must be uploaded through submission form.
• Ensure that one letter of support from a faculty advisor is submitted electronically to [email protected]
• Agree to write an article for the E-Slate describing the proposed research within one year of scholarship award.
• Present the results of their research at an AAUS symposium or other scientific meeting within one year of the project’s completion.
Completed applications are due 30 June. More information and the online application can be found at www.aausfoundation.org/scholarships/apply now. Send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]aaus.org

AAUS Diversity Scholarship
The AAUS Foundation is excited to continue the AAUS Diversity Scholarship! SCUBA diving is well-known to have high barriers to entry including the cost of basic open water certification and necessary gear. This in turn limits the pool of applicants who are eligible for opportunities that require diving such as volunteering at aquariums, performing undergraduate and graduate research, or careers where SCUBA is important. The scholarship is geared toward underrepresented groups in our community and will provide up to $1200 for an open water certification and some gear. Many people cannot participate in the scientific diving training that they need due to the fact that they simply cannot afford to get their Open Water Scuba Certification. We want to assist with this first major hurdle.
Applicant must:
• Be a current member of AAUS (student or full member).
• Be connected to an AAUS Organizational Member such as: graduate students whose thesis/dissertation work involved diving, undergraduate volunteers participating in research, aquarium volunteers or employees who would like to include diving in their job duties.
• Submit online application form. • Submit a one-page personal statement (details on Foundation website).
• Ensure that one letter of support from a mentor (faculty advisor or other) is submitted electronically to [email protected]
• Agree to write an article for the E-Slate, a news publication of AAUS, describing the experience.

Completed applications are due 30 June. More information and the online application, can be found at www.aausfoundation.org/scholarships/apply now. Send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]

2/18/2022
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AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

The 2022 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting for consideration nominations of individual members to stand for President-elect and Director-at-large (1) positions on the AAUS Board of Directors. The elected Director-at-Large will serve a three-year term and the President-elect will serve a one-year term, followed by 2 years as President and 1 year as Past-President (4 years total) commencing on January 01, 2023. An electronic poll will open on May 01 and close June 30, 2022. Qualified candidates must be full voting members in good standing with the AAUS. The nomination letter (not to exceed 300 words) is best focused on how a particular candidate can contribute to the Academy based on their academic or diving safety contributions, or previous development of not-for-profit organizational governance experience. Please submit your nomination letter, no later than March 30, 2022, to the AAUS office, [email protected]

2/18/2022
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BIOS Summer Courses 2022

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) offers university-level summer courses, designed to immerse students in the study of marine science, with a 3-week program of coursework and research that is unique in marine science education. BIOS summer courses in marine science provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to expand their studies into subtropical environments and/or to investigate topics in ocean science, which are not offered within the curricula of their home institutions. BIOS has quick and easy access to a diverse array of subtropical marine habitats which, combined with lectures, discussions and integrated field work and laboratory exercises, provide an optimal environment for experiential learning. This summer BIOS will be offering Coral Reef Ecology and Research Diving Methods (AAUS) courses. Course details, syllabus, scholarship information and application instructions are available at http://www.bios.edu/education/summer-courses. Deadline to apply is April 30th.

2/18/2022
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2022-2026 AAUS Strategic Plan

In October of last year, after months of preparation, the AAUS Board of Directors met over three days in Maine to establish a new five-year strategic plan. The process, started months before the in-person meetings, included a number of surveys used to identify challenges and opportunities, strengths and weaknesses, and identifying what our priorities should be for the Academy moving forward. Our professional facilitator, Eduardo Martinez of Meridian Strategy, conducted phone interviews with all Board Members and we spent hours individually brainstorming and imagining what the future of AAUS could and should look like. The result of those discussions is our new Strategic 5-Year Plan. We would like to share the DRAFT Strategic Plan with you now and give you the opportunity to review and share your comments. The plan doesn’t necessarily include all of the projects and initiatives the Board will focus on, but it does lay out the priorities and benchmarks we will be aiming for. Please take some time over the next 60 days to review the Plan and share your thoughts via the Google form. All comments will be considered before the BOD approves a final version at the Spring Board Meeting in Galveston. If you have specific questions about a particular item, consider reaching out directly to the Board Member associated with it (Standards, Membership, etc.) or me. Submit comments https://forms.gle/KLEEuE8XE2UqXUmx5  

1/6/2022
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Spring 2022 AAUS DSO Orientation

AAUS is offering the Spring DSO Orientation in conjunction with the 2022 symposium on Wednesday, March 30th. This program is designed to provide an orientation for new Diving Safety Officers and for existing DSOs who would like more information and an update on particulars of running a Diving Safety Program at their respective institutions or organizations. This program is required for DSOs at new AAUS Organizational Members and DSOs participating in the AAUS Certification Program. The program is also open to non-AAUS organizations/DSOs who would like more information about AAUS. The cost for this one-day workshop is $100. Please register at https://aaus.org/AAUS/Annual_Symposium.aspx. Members will need to log in. Please stay tuned for more information on a possible virtual offering of this workshop.

10/29/2021
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AAUS Kevin Flanagan Travel Award

The AAUS Foundation grants the Kevin Flanagan Travel Award annually providing up to $800 for undergraduate/graduate students to attend an AAUS scientific meeting. Due to the AAUS annual meeting shifting to a spring schedule, the application for this year’s travel award opens 01 November and closes 31 December. For more information and application instructions, visit www.aausfoundation.org under the scholarships tab or send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]

10/29/2021
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2022 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship

Applications are open for the 2022 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship! Intern applicants must be students who have an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in-training, interns will participate in underwater field work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with the AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. The application deadline is 15 January 2022. More information and application at: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships

9/29/2021
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Call for Abstracts

AAUS is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2022 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium. This year, ALL who intend to submit an abstract or full manuscript should complete the intention form by November 01. AAUS will accept short abstracts (maximum of 300 words), extended abstracts (800-1200 words) or full manuscripts. The deadline for ALL submissions (abstracts and full papers) to be submitted electronically to [email protected] is December 10th. Please put "2022 AAUS Symposium" followed by your desired format (abstract/extended abstract/full paper) and your name in the message line to facilitate tracking. Notification on the disposition of submitted abstracts will be returned to the first author electronically by January 10th, with any suggested revisions due by February 01st. No presentation will be allowed unless the final abstract or manuscript has been cleared for publication in the Proceedings, and abstracts/manuscripts will only be published if the presentation is delivered. All submissions MUST use the templates, which include detailed formatting instructions. Intention form and templates can also be found on the symposium website under the Resources tab.

9/29/2021
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2022 AAUS Scientific Diving Internship

2022 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship
OWUSS is currently taking applications for the 2020 Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship. Intern applicants must be students from colleges and universities and must have an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in-training, interns will participate in underwater field work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with the AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. For more information and to apply visit https://www.owuscholarship.org/internships .

2022 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship
OWUSS is currently taking applications for the 2020 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship. This internship is intended to be research-centric; therefore, training and certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver is a prerequisite and all applicants must be undergraduate students. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will be hosted at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. For more information and to apply visit: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships .

9/29/2021
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AAUS Seeks Internship Hosts

AAUS is currently seeking OM hosts that can provide high quality experiences for our two internships. AAUS interns provide valuable exposure for your institution and scientific diving program. Prior to applying as a host, we ask that you read the internship descriptions and supporting documents on the AAUS Internship page. Applications for 2022 must be submitted no later than January 15, 2022; however, host applications are welcomed well in advance, as we are in need of hosts for 2022 and beyond. Please visit the AAUS Internship page for full details: https://aaus.org/AAUS/Scholarships/AAUS_OWUSS_Internship/Internship_Host_Information/  

9/2/2021
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2021 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2021 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement award. The award is presented biennially to an individual from the scientific diving community who has made a significant contribution to advancing underwater science and technology. Nominations close September 30, 2021. For more information on eligibility and the nomination form, please visit aaus.org/about/awards/lifetime. Nominations can also be submitted directly to [email protected]

5/1/2021
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AAUS 2021 Election

The 2021 AAUS election is now open and closes June 30. The election is open to Full Voting Members (individual and OM Reps) in good standing. Below you will find the slate of candidates. All voting is to take place on the website. Please follow the directions below; be an active part of your Academy and VOTE! To write in a candidate, email name of the write-in candidate to two of the election committee members: · Marc Slattery ([email protected]) · Robert Reavis ([email protected]) · Mike Anghera ([email protected]) · Pema Kitaeff ([email protected]) · Steve Sellers ([email protected]v)

Bios and Election Questions for All Candidates

Secretarial Candidate:
 Jessica Keller, NOAA

Director-at-Large Candidates:
 Jason Jones, University of Hawai’i
 Jason Herum, University of California, Davis
 Ed O’Brien, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
 Andrew Brooks, University of California, Santa Barbara

Instructions for Online Voting: 1. Login at www.aaus.org. Your username is the email address on file with AAUS. Password can be reset with "forgot password" if needed. 2. Go to Members Tab then Members Profile 3. Blue Vote Now button below member info block on the left-hand side of the page. 4. Carefully follow onscreen instructions to submit vote.

4/14/2021
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2021 Ruth D. Turner Scholarships in Marine Biology

Announcing scholarship opportunities for PhD students conducting research in marine biology and ecology and enrolled in New England* Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ruth D. Turner was a world-renowned marine biologist with a love of natural history and expertise on marine molluscs and deep-sea biology. Reflecting her interests, the proposed research must involve marine invertebrates with priority given to applications involving molluscs. To apply, submit a 3-page proposal and 2 letters of recommendation to [email protected] by May 15, 2021 with "Turner application" in the subject line. One letter must be from the student's advisor. The proposal must contain 1) an Introduction with background information on the questions or hypotheses targeted by the research 2) Methods 3) Budget and Justification and 4) Literature Cited. After review, six awards of $6,500 each will be made by June 15, 2021. * Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut.

4/1/2021
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2021 AAUS/OWUSS Interns

AAUS partners with Our World Underwater Scholarship Society to offer two internships annually: The Lee H. Somers Scientific Diving Internship and the Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship. These internships will provide undergraduates with the experience and opportunities necessary for a future in science, diving for research, or scientific diving-related fields. Intern applicants can be students from colleges and universities with an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training and hands on experience at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. Intern applications open in mid-October and close December 01st. Organizational Members who are interested in hosting an intern should contact the AAUS office.

Amanda Ho has been awarded the 2021 Lee H. Somers Scientific diving internship. Amanda grew up by the water in Berkeley, California. Spending most of her time in the ocean, she has developed an insatiable fascination with the marine realm and proceeded to earn degrees in Ecology, Conservation, and Biodiversity and Oceanography from the University of California, Davis. Amanda will be able pursue her AAUS certification along with a summer research experience at her internship host program, Florida Gulf Coast University with DSO Callaway Johnson.

Krista LaForest has been awarded the 2021 Mitchell Scientific Diving Research internship. Krista graduated with a BS in Marine Biology and Psychology from UNCW and has interned with both the New England Aquarium and the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo. Recently, Krista has continued diving as a volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. She is honored to return to research diving and is elated about the opportunity to conduct research on the relationship between parrotfish and algae on the reefs of Bonaire and collaborate with members of the McCoy lab at Florida State University.

Find out more about these interns and keep up with their summer adventures at https://aausfoundation.org/internships.

4/1/2021
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AAUS Diversity Scholarship

The AAUS Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the first AAUS Diversity Scholarship! SCUBA diving is well-known to have high barriers to entry including the cost of basic open water certification and necessary gear. This in turn limits the pool of applicants who are eligible for opportunities that require diving such as volunteering at aquariums, performing undergraduate and graduate research, or careers where SCUBA is important. Reports (DAN) have found that 77% of divers are Caucasian, 60% male, and 66% are college graduates. Each of these demographics are considered privileged and the effects may be additive. In order to begin to address the disparity between those who may and those who may not have access to entry to SCUBA, the AAUS Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the first AAUS need-based scholarship to address this. The scholarship is geared toward underrepresented groups in our community and will provide up to $1200 for an open water certification and some gear. Many people cannot participate in the scientific diving training that they need due to the fact that they simply cannot afford to get their Open Water Scuba Certification. We want to assist with this first major hurdle.
Applicant must:
• Be a current member of AAUS (student or full member).
• Be connected to an AAUS Organizational Member such as: graduate students whose thesis/dissertation work involved diving, undergraduate volunteers participating in research, aquarium volunteers or employees who would like to include diving in their job duties.
• Submit online application form.
• Submit a one-page personal statement (details on Foundation website).
• Ensure that one letter of support from a mentor (faculty advisor or other) is submitted electronically to [email protected]
• Agree to write an article for the E-Slate, a news publication of AAUS, describing the experience.

Completed applications are due June 30. More information and the online application, can be found at  www.aausfoundation.org/scholarships/apply now.  Send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]


4/1/2021
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WDOF Special Research Grant

Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF®) is pleased to announce a competitive grant of $5,000 for women conducting research on the sustainability of marine or freshwater species or communities impacted by climate change. This grant is made possible by a donation from Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda, as a tribute to the French sea explorer Simone Melchior Cousteau for her numerous achievements in underwater exploration. Inspired by Simone Melchior Cousteau, the brand’s Summer 2021 collection celebrates the explorer’s love for the oceans through the use of sea life-inspired prints and nods to her South of France coastal upbringing. This grant is open to those who identify as female. Applicants may be graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, or early career scientists (defined as within 10 years of completion of PhD). Go to www.wdhof.org to find more detailed information on the grant and a link to the application. Completed applications are due by midnight EDT, on April 23.

3/1/2021
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REEF 2021 Internship

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL is now accepting applications for the 2020 Marine Conservation Internship. REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. The internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving opportunities, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. Application deadline is March 14, 2021. https://www.REEF.org/reef-marine-conservation-internship-description.

2/1/2021
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2021 AAUS Institutional Pricing

AAUS has partnered with several vendors to offer members reduced pricing on dive related equipment. Huish Outdoors (Oceanic, Hollis, Atomic, BARE, Sununto and Zeagle), Shearwater, Nautilus and Light and Motion are longtime supporters of this program. Vendors require that the equipment be ordered through the OM DSO and you must follow the specific ordering instructions contained within each price sheet. Updated price sheets can be found in the AAUS DSO Community Resource Library (Community instructions attached). Thank you to these vendors for their continued support!