Marine Science Research Grant Open to Undergrads

Rising juniors or seniors enrolled in any North Carolina college or university's baccalaureate degree program can study marine science at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, thanks to a summer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program provided the Marine Lab about $330,000 to give mentored research opportunities to 24 undergraduates -- from Duke and other schools -- during the next three years. Six students who beat the March 23 application deadline may take part this summer; nine will be accepted into the 10-week program in each of the two subsequent summers.

The research projects can focus on one of four areas of study:: marine genetics; environmental toxicology; coastal and estuarine processes; and marine sensory physiology, ecology and behavior.

Working closely with a faculty mentor, students will conduct laboratory research and fieldwork in a variety of local habitats, including sand flats, beaches, marshes, creeks, channels, barrier islands, mudflats and the coastal ocean. Each project will require regular progress reports to a faculty mentor, along with an oral report and a final written paper.

Students interested in participating should send a statement of interest, resume, two letters of recommendation and an official college transcript to Katie Wood at katie.wood@duke.edu or by mail to 135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, N.C. 28516.

Applications will be reviewed on March 23. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is still available.

Students accepted into the program will receive housing and meals at the Marine Lab in addition to a stipend and travel allowance. They must be rising juniors or seniors enrolled in a college or university's baccalaureate degree program, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories.

Click here for information about the marine science program

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 05:00