Want to gain hands-on marine research experience in Florida this summer while advancing your interest in natural science, padding your resume, receiving credit hours (see below), and having tons of fun? Here is your opportunity!!!
The Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA) is offering weekly sessions of natural science fieldresearch in the beautiful Clearwater, Florida area. Most other research or internship opportunities available to you this summer will require long hours of lab work with little to no field work. We are offering a 100% field research opportunity. Come spend as many weeks as you would like with CMERA this summer and everyday will be spent on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico. While we conduct research on sharks and rays we will be catching and handling wild animals (sharks, stingrays, other fishes, crabs, and many other marine organisms) while learning about their anatomy and ecology. You will also attend lectures on our local ecosystems (sea grass beds, mangrove forests, coral reefs, artificial reefs, sand flats, and estuaries) and the animals that live in each habitat so that you will better recognize each aspect and animal as you experience it!! You will also learn about and gain experience in the difficulties of designing and conducting field research, which is especially useful for those of you pursuing a career in research or continuing on to graduate school. The hands-on experience you will gain during this program is applicable to all scientific careers!
There are other opportunities available to you if you want to work in a lab this summer, but we are the only organization that offers 100% field experience!! While lab work is very important in science, we believe that in the natural science disciplines field work is equally as important. We believe that to truly learn about an organism or an ecosystem you must spend time with it in its natural habitat. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in any discipline of the natural sciences!
We will provide email addresses, by request, of previous participants, if you would like to speak to a previous student.
Go to www.coastalmera.com<http://www.coastalmera.com/> for more information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!! Space is limited!
Come for 3 weeks and receive the 4th week free!
Costa Rica: We are also assembling a tropical marine ecology trip to Costa Rica from Dec. 28, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013. We are still finalizing the details and price. See the Costa Rica tab on our website for more details and send an email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> if you are interested in this special trip.
Credit hours: CMERA does not directly provide credit hours toward your degree, BUT you may be able to receive credit through your college or university for the summer program and for the Costa Rica trip. Discuss this with your advisor. Most institutions offer hours listed as independent research or directed study for this kind of summer opportunity. They may also require you to attend a certain number of weeks in order to be eligible for credit. We will provide you a letter of completion or other confirmation that may be required by your school.
Professors: Bring a class of 6 or more students and the professor comes for free!! Contact information for a professional reference will be sent upon request.
Contact us: If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to email us at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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