Prepare class lecture. Lauren teaches a class in the Biology department.
Meet with students and research assistants to discuss scientific results and directions for future investigations. Lauren has lab meetings twice a week so that everyone is kept up-to-date on lab activities.
Meet with MIT/WHOI Joint Program student. Lauren is the Biology Department’s Education Coordinator and makes sure that the biology students are proceeding smoothly through the program.
Meet with Postdoctoral Investigator. The postdoc is collaborating with Lauren on a scientific project. They will discuss the implications of the results that they have found so far.
Graph the results of recent experiments. Lauren is giving an upcoming seminar and will present her current work during the talk.


Attend a meeting at the local grade school. Lauren’s son is in the first grade.
Prepare lectures for class. Teaching takes a lot of a scientist’s time.
Test equipment that will be used during an upcoming cruise to sample larvae from the East Pacific Rise. The equipment must work before the ship sails.
Teach Biology class. The class lasts for one and a half hours.
Meet with the Dean of Education and other Education Coordinators to discuss graduate admissions. As Education Coordinator Lauren is in charge of graduate student admissions for the Biology Department.


Meet with colleague from WHOI to discuss the possibility of writing a proposal to the National Science Foundation for funds to investigate deep sea larvae communities.
Meet with a WHOI/MIT Joint Program student.
Attend scientific staff meeting. Scientists in the Biology department meet to talk about departmental issues every week on Wednesday.
Attend Biology meeting. Scientists, staff and students meet for informal discussions.
Attend a meeting of the Woods Hole Science and Technology. WHSTEP is a partnership of schools, scientific institutions, businesses, and community resources. Its purpose is to support, promote, and expand science and technology education and science.


Photo of Eel Pond in Woods Hole. Lauren's office is located on the edge of Eel Pond.

Talk to scientist who is visiting on a job interview.
Meet with students and research assistants to discuss scientific results and directions for future investigations. Lauren has lab meetings twice a week so that everyone is kept up-to-date on lab activities.
Attend Biology department seminar - held every Thursday at noon.
Attend a meeting to plan future activities of InterRidge. Lauren is on the steering committee of the international program called InterRidge.
Attend meeting to talk about the Educational Program at WHOI.


Volunteer time with first grade class at the local grade school. Lauren spends 2 hours a week with the first grade class.
Write paper. Friday afternoon is set aside every week and Lauren uses this time to write up her scientific results. Publishing papers in scientific journals is an important part of the job of being a research scientist.

Lauren Mullineaux

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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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