College Students

Student Research and Education Awards

 

Each fall, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and the Institute of Marine Sciences hold an open competition for UC Santa Cruz students to encourage research and education projects in the marine sciences.

For student research in marine sciences, all geographic areas of study are considered. For marine science education, projects must be affiliated with the public education program at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

Awards are made to both undergraduate students and graduate students (both masters and doctoral). Maximum award is $1,500 for undergraduate student projects and $2,500 for graduate student projects.

 

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Call for Proposals/Guidelines [PDF]

 

Awards are provided from the following funds:

  • Friends of Long Marine Lab Student Support
  • Jane McHenry Student Award
  • Ken Norris Marine Mammal Research Award
  • Lillian McPherson Rouse Award
  • Mark T. MacMillan Memorial Prize
  • William Beye Heald Scholarship Fund

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Congratulations 2018-19 Student Research and Education Award Winners!

 

2018-19 Student Research Education Awards Recipients:

 

Diana Alvarado: Aerial photogrammetry to assess foraging success in a marine mammal

Melissa Cronin: Protecting an Enigmatic Giant: Disentangling Manta Ray Bycatch Patterns Using Genetic Tools

Elizabeth Howard: Evaluating Native Habitat Restoration Success in California’s Coastal Zone: A Report Card on California Coastal Commission Mandated Projects

Ilysa Iglesias: Linking the distribution, abundance and trophic ecology of mesopelagic fishes to dynamical oceanographic processes within the California Current Ecosystem

Cheyenne Jarman: Mechanisms for resiliency: how prey quality influences meso-predator preference in a kelp forest ecosystem

Sarah Lummis: Impacts of oyster aquaculture on eelgrass ecosystems in Tomales Bay

Brandi Ruscher-Hill: In-air hearing sensitivity of the Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi)

Edris Sherdil: Mechanistic Drivers of Purple Urchin Disease Outbreak

Laurel Teague: Calibrating seasonal cycles of marine primary production in California coastal ecosystems as a tool for paleo-reconstructions of food web dynamics


Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

If you are a college student interested in marine science, science education, or museum-related careers, there’s an opportunity for you at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Hands-on experience comes in many different areas––K-12 teaching, informal science education, animal husbandry, museum administration, or visitor services. Consider becoming an ongoing volunteer or learn about specific intern opportunities. It’s the best way to learn about a career path you’re considering or discover the job you will love for a lifetime.

Check out available internships and volunteer opportunities.

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Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Now recruiting for volunteer Docents. Join the fun and learn how to teach the public about ocean conservation and marine science! Apply Now!

NATURE JOURNALING TEACHER WORKSHOP
November 16, 2019
Practice using nature journals to learn how students can deepen observations and questioning skills.

COMMUNITY FREE DAY
November 12, 2019
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day, 10 AM–5 PM.

UCSC STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Now accepting proposals for the 2019-20 Student Research and Education Awards. Application deadline: November 15, 2019.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
November 17, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “Floating on the Edge: Physiology, Ecology, and Recovery of Southern Sea Otters.”

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Inspire your students with the best field trip of the year! Discovery Lab field trip applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available. Apply NOW!

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