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PIRE: Partnerships for International Research and Education: The Diversity Project

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Founded by Dr. Paul Barber, the Diversity Project is a 10-week research intensive educational program is designed to increase participation of underrepresented minority students in marine and evolutionary biology through an integrated research experience that combines field work on the colorful and diverse coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific with cutting edge molecular genetic research. This program is supported by funding from the UC-HBCU initiative and the National Science Foundation.

Students will work with faculty and students from UCLA, San Diego State University, Moss Landing Marine Lab, and the Smithsonian Institution. Through field work and laboratory training, students will learn an integrative approach towards the study of the ecology and biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems. Fieldwork and laboratory research will be complemented by mentoring on career development, ranging from successfully applying to graduate school to choosing a career.

Participating Students will receive:

-A $3000 Stipend

-Transportation from your home to Los Angeles.

-Basic SCUBA and AAUS Scientific Diving Training

-Transportation and field expenses for field research in Mo’orea, French Polynesia.

-Introductions to leading marine PhD programs in Southern California, including UCSB, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and UCLA.

Sound interesting? Sound like fun? Would you like to joint the team? Send an email to and to request an application.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Old Dominion University (Lead)
San Diego State University
Smithsonian Institution
University of California, Los Angeles

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Marine Biology
Under-Represented Minorities

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/10/2022
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