Closing date: February 10, 2023
This program offers undergraduate internships in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, that combine course work with research projects in marine, oceanographic, biological, and environmental sciences.
The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program is accepting applications for the 2023 summer undergraduate research internship program. Applications are due on February 10, 2023, letters of recommendation are due February 17, and the acceptances will be announced in mid-March.
This 10-week summer program offers college students the opportunity to gain research experience in the fields of fisheries biology, marine and environmental resource management, and outreach and education. Participants also benefit from career building workshops, networking training, and professional development.
Students accrue 4 hours of college credit and will receive a $5,000 stipend. All travel, housing, and food expenses are also covered during the program.
The program runs from June 3 through August 12 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It includes a 4-credit course and a 10-week research internship. As part of the course, “Ocean and Environmental Sciences: Global Climate Change,” the interns participate in a 5-day ocean research cruise aboard the Sea Education Association tall ship SS/V Corwith Cramer. A research mentor guides each student during their research project, and a program advisor provides guidance, support, and career advice during the summer.
The students will live together on the SEA campus and participate in career-building activities such as career development seminars, workshops, and field trips. They will attend lectures at partner science institutions throughout the summer and participate in local community activities.
PEP was designed in 2009 to promote a diverse scientific community. In partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, six science institutions in Woods Hole sponsor PEP:
The program recruits talent from all backgrounds, but especially from minority groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research. To date, more than half of PEP interns have come from Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Serving Institutions, and more than 80 percent identify as ethnicities underrepresented in STEM.
“We now have PEP alumni back in the Woods Hole community as post-baccalaureate fellows, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, scientists, and engineers. We are thrilled that these alumni will be able to serve as near-peer mentors for our next PEP cohort,” PEP Director Onjalé Scott Price said.
The 2023 program includes a limited number of PEP II openings. To qualify you must have completed PEP in a previous summer. The PEP II researchers may continue the work conducted with their original mentors or they may be matched with new mentors for new projects. The PEP II researchers will live on the SEA campus and present their work in a public symposium in August. In addition to their research projects, PEP II researchers will participate in an education/outreach project to develop curriculum and/or education tools in partnership with educators from local public schools. To apply, contact PEP Director Onjalé Scott Price.