This summer you can be a part of our research team as a crew member aboard one of our research boats, gaining hands-on marine field research experience, and handling sharks and stingrays in Florida.
This experience will advance your interest in natural science, provide you valuable experience for your resume, enable you to be eligible to receive credit hours (see below), and provide the enjoyable opportunity to interact with fellow students from all over the country!
What: All participating students will be conducting field research on sharks and rays in the Clearwater, FL area in an ongoing project focusing on a species survey, population stability, and population dynamics. All students will work on our boats in the Gulf of Mexico, setting equipment to catch sharks and rays,retrieving the equipment, handling the animals, collecting pertinent data from the animals, collecting environmental data, tagging the animals, and releasing the animals back into their natural habitat. Students will also attend daily lectures (1 - 2 hours) on our local ecosystems and the animals that live in those ecosystems. Students will then receive field instruction as they experience our local and unique ecosystems. Snorkeling and diving are also available options to further experience our underwater world.
Why choose CMERA: CMERA is a unique program that focuses on field research. In our program, Monday - Friday, 6 - 8 hours are spent in the field on one of our boats each day with an additional 1 - 2 hours in the classroom each day. This is an incredibly hands-on program where students conduct all portions of the research project and handle the animals. Students get to experience wild animals in their natural habitat, which is very different from observing captive animals or conducting research in a lab.
When: Our summer courses begin in 1 week periods (Sunday - Saturday) on May 3 and our final week ends on August 29. Students may attend 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 4 weeks depending on how many credit hours or how much field experience they would like to receive. There are financial incentives for attending 3 or 4 weeks. We also have an early enrollment discount, which ends December 31, 2014, and regular enrollment ends March 31, 2015.
Where: All of our research is conducted in the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater, Florida and the surrounding areas.
Who: Students must be 18 years of age or older. Incoming freshman, who have not yet taken college courses, and college graduates are both welcome. This experience is valuable for students at various levels. For students interested in the natural sciences, but who have not had much, if any, experience in the natural sciences, this experience may help determine if this truly is the appropriate course of study. Students who are confident in their natural science discipline, will gain incredibly valuable job training. Students who are contemplating a graduate degree, will get a taste of what graduate level research is, the difficulties of research, and perhaps ideas for their graduate thesis.
Course credit: For students currently enrolled in college courses, we urge you to speak with your academic advisor or department chair about receiving credit for our courses. Most schools consider this as independent research, directed study, field research, or elective credits and some schools use our program for a Capstone project. This experience is very valuable for future internships or jobs that you will apply for even if you are unable to receive course credit.
How: Go to www.cmera.net for more information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!! Space is limited!
We will provide email addresses, by request, of previous participants, if you would like to speak to a previous student about their experience with us.
Please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (727) 437-8589 if we can assist you in any way.