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Marine Sciences Summer Internship

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Come to the University of Delaware to get 10 weeks of graduate-level study, and with research project titles like Quantitative PCR Approach for Measuring Bacterial Growth, you can bet the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environments (CEOEs) undergraduate summer interns are getting what they sought. The annual CEOE summer internship program runs June 6 to August 12 at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. It is designed to provide undergraduates from around the country the experience of working one-on-one with faculty and research staff on individual research projects in chemical, physical, and biological oceanography; marine biology; marine geology; and marine biochemistry. A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program funds many of the internships, which are awarded to students in science, engineering, and mathematics. In 1987, the college received its first summer internship grant and now has one of the longest-running programs in the nation.

This summer, intern projects focus on topics such as harmful algae blooms, zooplankton distribution, climate change, and habitat mapping of marine organisms. Interns also attend weekly workshops and seminars presented by CEOE faculty, staff, and students and obtain lab and field experience. Seminar topics range from the impacts of climate change on microalgae to communicating results from scientific research. Field trips include a visit to the Cape Henlopen dunes and a marsh walk. Joanna York, Assistant Professor in Marine Biosciences and coordinator of the REU program, said that internships are a valuable experience for undergraduates because they provide hands-on experience in the field and in the laboratory. In addition, internships help to enhance interns' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. She also said that the opportunity to conduct and present results of research contributes to professional development of students in their future careers.

"It is very rewarding to work with highly motivated students from undergraduate institutions across the country" York said.

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University of Delaware

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Academic Disciplines:
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Marine Biology
Marine Ecology
Marine Geology
Marine Science
Ocean Engineering
Ocean Models
Ocean Science
Physical Oceanography

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

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