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Natural Sciences Summer Programs

  • SANS Summer Programs 

    The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) is currently holding a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students that began on Monday, June 3, and will continue until Friday, August 9.  The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in marine and estuarine science, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an internship that will allow the undergraduates to participate in laboratory and field research activities.  In addition to participating in field trips, the students will receive instruction in topics such as scientific ethics, library resources for research, experimental design, and data analysis.  They will also attend seminars and workshops on such topics as scientific writing and communication.  On the final day of the internship, they will present their research results to their peers, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at a symposium that will be held at the Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center.  The internship pays a stipend of $5,000 to each student over the course of the summer, and housing and meals are provided.  Students must attend the whole 10-week session to receive the stipend. Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, professor and director of the NOAA LMRCSC, directs the program along with Dr. Eric May, the program coordinator.  For additional information, visit

    The Student Enrichment & Experiential Learning (SEEL) and Coastal Marine Sciences (CMARS) programs are components of the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology - Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics (CREST-CISCEP) funded by NSF and directed by Dr. Chigbu.  The SEEL Program promotes environmental literacy among high school students through activity-rich educational and outreach experiences related to the Coastal Bays. For high school students in the tri-county area, the 7-week internship provides a $2,000 stipend for the summer.  Student research will be focused on the influence of land use and climate variability on water quality in the Maryland Coastal Lagoons, phytoplankton and macroalgae dynamics in the Maryland Coastal Lagoons, zooplankton community dynamics in the Maryland Coastal Bays, physiological effects of hypoxia on Atlantic croaker in the Chesapeake Bay, and the effects of environmental factors on blue crab and its relation to infection by Hematodinium sp. Students will present their research during the symposium at the end of the internship period.

    The CMARS Workshop, reserved for 6th -12th grade teachers of biology and marine and environmental science is held annually in July.  For the program, which ends on July 19, teachers are recruited nationwide in the effort to promote environmental literacy among high school and middle school teachers and students.  The ultimate goal is to incorporate ocean science educational material into the existing curricula.  Program activities are aligned with state and national standards and they meet the Middle and High School Assessment (MSA and HSA) requirements. Each participant will be provided a support system through collaboration with CREST-CISCEP researchers, staff (Kerrie Bunting, CREST-CISCEP program coordinator), and graduate students.  On-campus housing, meals, and a travel allowance will be provided.  Dr. Andrea Johnson, research assistant professor and associate director of the CREST-CISCEP Program in the Department of Natural Sciences, administers the SEEL and CMARS programs. Additional information for both programs is available at

    For the Geoscience Bridge Program, funded by NSF and NOAA, 20 students who have received admission to begin college in fall, participate in a 6-week educational program involving marine geology and chemistry, atmospheric science, physical oceanography, and remote sensing/GIS.  The program was established through a collaborative effort of four cooperative science centers funded by NOAA EPP.  It offers lectures and hands-on laboratory and field activities, field trips, and lectures in DNSC 100, a freshman seminar course designed to facilitate the adjustment of freshmen science majors to college life.  Interns will also enroll in college algebra or Calculus I.  The session begins at the end of June and ends early August.  Each student will receive $500 per week and will be reimbursed for travel to and from UMES.  Housing and meals will also be provided. Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, professor and director of the NOAA LMRCSC, directs the program along with Dr. Ali Ishaque, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, who is the associate director.  Additional information is available at

    The Project SEED (Socially Engaged Entrepreneur Development) Program has resulted from a partnership between UMES and the American Chemical Society (ACS) that began in 2007.  The program offers local, ambitious, economically disadvantaged or underrepresented high school students the opportunity to work in an academic, industrial or government research laboratory for eight weeks during the summer.  It exposes participating youth to science through learning and discovery, while allowing them to earn income and to enjoy nurturing and supportive relationships with the scientific community.  Upon high school graduation, SEED students are encouraged to enroll at UMES and pursue a major in the sciences.  Should a SEED student choose UMES, he or she becomes eligible for an ACS Project SEED scholarship to help meet the financial obligations of college. Dr. Victoria Volkis, associate professor of the Chemistry Program in the Department of Natural Sciences, is the program director. This program is offered every summer, depending on the availability of funds.  For more information, contact Dr. Volkis at