Category Archives: Service Learning

Shark and Marine Research Institute and Volunteer Programme

We have an exciting opportunity available for students or post-graduates who are looking to gain some hands on experience in the field of marine biology (and particularly elasmobranch research) by volunteering with our organisation in Gansbaai, South Africa – the great white shark capital of the world.

Kindly take a few minutes to read the below information regarding our educational volunteer research programme.

Volunteering with us is an opportunity for early-career scientists to be involved in groundbreaking marine research. Volunteers assist us with data collection and will gain valuable skills on board our vessels and in the field. Volunteer duties and responsibilities will involve the following:

  • Learn about the Great White Shark and other shark species and, in turn, educate clients onboard our cage diving vessel about these incredible creatures, with the aim of shifting negative perceptions and enlightening the public about their beauty and the critical role they play in maintaining the health of our oceans.
  • Collect data aboard our cage diving vessel and research vessel pertaining to Great White Sharks, which contributes towards our white shark dorsal fin identification study and growth rate study, and is analyzed to enhance our understanding of the populations of these enigmatic creatures.
  • Join catch and release surveys on our research vessel and learn how to ethically catch, tag, measure, sample and release the smaller sharks along our coastline, many of which are data deficient. (Please note: we do not tag Great Whites at this stage.)
  • Learn how to deploy baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) and how to analyze the videos collected
  • Participate in beach cleanups and community education initiatives.

During the 2016 National Workshop on the Implementation of a Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in South Africa, it was underlined that fundamental baseline data are critically required to develop effective management and conservation initiatives for sharks. We work with in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch, the Oceanographic Research Institute and the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. Our various research projects aim to close some of these gaps in the data to help with the development of effective management plans, especially for our great white sharks, which unfortunately could be heading towards extinction.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for 2019 & 2020!

Positions are available for a period of one to three months; longer stays are subject to additional visa requirements.

To learn more please click on the link below:

https://www.sharkcagedive.com/research/volunteer-overview/

Alternatively, please email volunteer@sharkcagedive.com or info@sharkcagedive.com.

Undergraduate Internship Opportunity Now Available through CRC

The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) is pleased to announce that eight (8) summer internship positions will be awarded in 2019 as part of our new C-StREAM Fellowship support program – further details of the program (and links to application forms) can be found at our C-StREAM website.

WINTER-BREAK, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSE with Ecosystem Field Studies

AMAZING WINTER-BREAK, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSE
with 

Ecosystem Field Studies 
 
An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning  

while immersed in a spectacular & transformative marine educational setting!
Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico *
    December 27, 2018 – January 16, 2019
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over winter-break
  • Join a diverse & exciting group of college students for a marine and coastal
    learning experience of a lifetime!
For all course information visit the website:  

 
Open to students from all universities & majors | Accredited by the University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program: ENST 391- for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits
Direct questions to Professor & EcoFS Director, Steve Johnson at steve@EcoFS.org

BIOL 498 Insects & Plants Service Learning Course

If you have experience with organic farming or are interested in exploring careers in sustainable agriculture, horticulture, or entomology, please consider enrolling in BIOL 498 Insects & Plants Service Learning.

This service-learning course “counts” as a lab and also as a capstone experience for students who have completed the biocore and are co-enrolled in BIOL 477 Capstone Experience. For more information please contact Dr. Karen Kester: kmkester@vcu.edu

Young Innovative Investigator Program

Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Students
The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), a cross university translational institute led by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin and Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Linda Barry, is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity.

The Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) provides academic training to underrepresented students dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science with the intent of developing the next generation of innovative biomedical scientists while increasing diversity among the pool of academic scientists. Scholarships are available to students accepted to the program.

About YIIP
YIIP, created in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Linda Barry, is a one to two year, full-time program at UConn for college graduates who are prepared to conduct supervised research in biomedical laboratories on the UConn Health campus in Farmington, Conn. The program also provides students with individualized mentorship, academic support, and career guidance. This is NOT a post-baccalaureate program.

The applicant must be prepared to complete graduate level scientific coursework. Upon successful completion of coursework in year one, students obtain a Graduate Certificate of Research Experience in Biomedical Science from UConn. In year two, students who meet the academic qualifications may have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree. By fulfilling the program requirements, YIIP Scholars will acquire the expertise necessary to enter a MD, MD-PhD or PhD program.

Eligibility
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 science GPA
Demonstrated high motivation and potential to become a basic scientist with a goal to attain a MD, MD-PhD or PhD
Underrepresented minority students in health professions and the sciences: Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander who meet all the eligibility criteria and have a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program
Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Download Application Materials
DEADLINE FOR YIIP APPLICATIONS: APRIL 11, 2016

Footprints on the James 2016

The mighty James. The river where our commonwealth and country were born. How  has this river shaped who we are? How have we shaped the river?  Join biologists, historians and outdoor experts on an expedition through time and the James River watershed to explore these questions first hand.  Living outdoors and traveling by canoe, batteau, raft, and sea kayak we will trace the path of a raindrop from the piedmont to the tidewater over three weeks, examining the intersection of human and natural history as we travel.
Students will receive 4 upper level Biology credits, including a lab credit, training in outdoor living skills and safe river and backcountry travel techniques. Enrollment limited to 10. Faculty to student ratio 1:5. Est. cost is $500 for food, accommodations, and non-personal equipment, plus 4 credits tuition. Partial merit-based scholarships are available.

For application information: carrdf@vcu.edu or:

www.facebook.com/FootprintsontheJames www.footprintsonthejames.vcu.edu