Program for Minority Marine Science Students

Kathy Van Alstyne kathyva at
Wed Oct 13 14:44:52 EDT 1999

Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center offers
an all expenses paid (including travel, tuition, room and board) six
month program for minority undergraduates interested in the marine
sciences.  This year, the program will include a trip to the American
Society of Limnology and Oceanography meetings in Copenhagen.
If you know any students who would be interested, please encourage
them to apply.


     The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) invites applications for the

2000 Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP). This
exciting and innovative program is designed to introduce members of
racial or ethnic groups currently under-represented in science and
engineering (i.e., American Indians, Alaskan Natives, African Americans,

Latino/Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders) to academic and professional
careers in marine science.
     Eight selected students will spend two quarters (January 5 - June
13) at the Shannon Point Marine Center taking introductory and
specialized courses in the marine sciences
(31 quarter credit hours), attending seminars and workshops, exploring
career opportunities, and engaging in supervised research.  They will
also attend a regional or national scientific meeting.  After the
program, students will return to their home institutions to complete
their undergraduate programs.

 The Shannon Point Marine Center is a facility of Western Washington
University located in Anacortes, Washington.  Facilities on the 87-acre
campus include a 12,000 sq. ft. laboratory equipped for marine research
and teaching and supplied with high-quality running seawater.  A fleet
of six research vessels provides access to the rich and diverse marine
and estuarine habitats of Puget Sound.  Dormitory facilities house up to

24 visitors, with kitchen facilities available for food preparation.
Located on the mainland, SPMC offers access to marine and coastal
environments typical of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the alpine
environments of the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula.  The
facility is 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, and an equal distance

south of Vancouver, B.C.

     Funding from the National Science Foundation provides full
financial support to program participants. This includes coverage of
tuition and fees for two quarters, housing in the SPMC dormitory, one
round trip between the student's residence and SPMC, and a $600
work-study allowance.

     Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United
States or its possessions, must be in a degree program leading to a
bachelor's degree, and must be members of the qualifying racial/ethnic
groups.  Interested students should submit a brief letter describing
their general background, goals and interests; a recommendation letter
from a faculty member familiar with their academic record; and a current

undergraduate transcript.  Also include a current telephone number and
e-mail address if possible.  Application materials should be directed to

Dr. Brian Bingham, Shannon Point Marine Center, 1900 Shannon Point Road,

Anacortes, WA 98221. Telephone: (360) 293-2188,
E-mail: bingham at  Applications are considered as they are
received and final selections will be announced by November 15, 1999.
WWU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and
encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  For more information,
visit our website at:

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