Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program

Kathryn L. Van Alstyne kathyva at cc.wwu.edu
Mon Sep 18 13:53:07 EDT 2000


     The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) invites
applications for the 2001 Minorities in Marine Science
Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP). This exciting, innovative
program is designed to introduce U.S. citizens who are
members of racial or ethnic groups currently
under-represented in science and engineering (e.g., African
Americans, Latino/Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American
Indians and Alaskan Natives) to academic and professional
careers in marine science.
     Eight selected students will spend two quarters
(January 9 - June 15) at the Shannon Point Marine Center
taking introductory and specialized courses in the marine
(31 quarter credit hours), attending seminars and workshops,
exploring career opportunities, and engaging in supervised
research.  They will also attend a national scientific
meeting.  After the program, students 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
approximately 45 miles from main campus.  Facilities on the
87-acre field site 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 $900 work-study
allowance to help defray food costs for the duration of the

     Applicants must be in an academic program leading to a
bachelor's degree.  Interested individuals 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 cc.wwu.edu.  Applications are considered as they are
received and final selections will be announced by November
15, 2000.  WWU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
institution and encourages persons with disabilities to
apply.  For more information on the program, facilities, and
outcomes of previous MIMSUP years, visit our website at:

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