February 2013


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"Katerina V. Thompson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:00:47 +0000
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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

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 filed 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

We will provide email addresses, by request, of previous participants, if
you would like to speak to a previous student.

Go to <> for more
information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!! Space is limited!
Come for 3 weeks and receive the 4th week free!
NEW: 6 month payment option available to make this more financially
available to all students!
Credit hours: CMERA does not directly provide credit hours toward your
degree, BUT many students are able to receive credit through your college
or university for the summer program. 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 of
successful completion that may be required by your school.

Contact us: If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to email us
at [log in to unmask]