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Subject: [AFS] A Summer Science Intern Program Designed to Promote Diversity
in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
A Summer Science Intern Program Designed to
Promote Diversity in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
The Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program (PEP) is designed primarily
for college juniors and seniors who want to spend a summer gaining practical
experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a
four-week course and a six-to-ten week research project - all in the
sea-side village of Woods Hole.
PEP was launched in 2009 by a consortium of institutions committed to
increasing diversity in the Woods Hole science community. The 2012 program
will run May 31 to August 10.
Who is eligible
PEP is designed for college students, with priority given to entering
juniors and seniors, majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry,
physics and mathematics, or geosciences and earth system sciences, or
engineering) who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or
marine and/or environmental science. PEP welcomes applications from students
of all backgrounds. Students from groups under-represented in marine and
environmental sciences are especially encouraged to apply - this includes
African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Natives, and Asian
Pacific Island students.
What is offered
Students may receive four hours of credit through the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore, or with approval, through their own home institution. Housing
will be provided. Participating students will have their tuition covered and
will receive a stipend, room and board, and a travel allowance, depending on
availability of funding.
What PEP Can Do for Students
PEP students study, conduct research, and receive training in their areas of
interest, working in labs with leading researchers in marine and
environmental sciences. PEP provides a first-hand introduction to emerging
issues and real-world training in the research skills students need to
advance in science, either as graduate students or bachelors-level working
scientists. The PEP experience is intended to provide students with an entry
into the Woods Hole science community, one of the most vibrant marine and
environmental research communities in the world.
What the Program Includes
PEP brings 12-15 students to the village for an integrated program of
internships and course work. In 2012, the course will run from June 1 - July
1. Additionally, PEP students will participate in seminars, workshops, a
day-long at-sea experience, field trips, career development activities
including the opportunity for informal interviews, and will attend
occasional lectures at the participating science institutions throughout the
The 2012 PEP course is "Ocean and Environmental Sciences: Global Climate
Change." The course meets M-F from 9-12 and 1-3 with some Saturday sessions
devoted to field work or field trips. Course work consists of lectures and
hands-on activities that include gathering and analyzing data. The course is
organized in modules devoted to different disciplines that include Physical
Oceanography; Chemistry; Biology; Geology; Ecosystems Management (including
sociology, economics, public policy). The modules are integrated in that
each discipline addresses the theme of Global Climate change. The course is
being taught by researchers from the participating institutions: NOAA's
National Marine Fisheries Service; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U.
S. Geological Survey; Sea Education Association, Marine Biological
Laboratory; and Woods Hole Research Center. Four hours of credit will be
awarded via UMES.
In addition to doing course work, each PEP participant will work on a
research project at one of the Woods Hole science institutions. The projects
employ some of the techniques and explore some of the issues presented in
the course. Students will be able to request a project from the project list
(to be announced in April), and we will make every effort to assign students
projects that match their primary interests. At the end of the summer (in
mid-August), students present results from their research in a 20-minute
public presentation during a one-day PEP seminar.
How To Apply
Apply to PEP by filling out and electronically submitting the
<http://www.woodsholediversity.org/pep/application.html> application form.
Alternately, you may print the form and mail a hard copy submission to: Dr.
Ambrose Jearld, Jr., PEP Director, NOAA Fisheries, 166 Water Street, Woods
Hole, Massachusetts, 02543. We also require official college transcripts and
two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a teacher
who is familiar with your academic work.
Housing is provided.
Priority in admissions and financial support will be given to students who
have applied on or before February 15, 2012. The 2012 PEP class will be
announced by March 15.
For more information, contact PEP Director Dr. Ambrose Jearld, Jr., NOAA
Fisheries ([log in to unmask] or 508-495-2318) or Dr. Paulinus Chigbu,
University of Maryland Eastern Shore ([log in to unmask] or 410-621-3034).
Who We Are
The Partnership Education Program is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity
Initiative, a multi-institutional effort to promote diversity in the Woods
Hole Science Community. Participating institutions are: NOAA's National
Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U. S.
Geological Survey, Sea Education Association, Marine Biological Laboratory,
and Woods Hole Research Center. Our primary academic partner in PEP is the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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