Win a scholarship to participate in Field School's shark field research course!
Here at Field School, we believe the opportunity to gain experience and hands-on training in scientific research should be available to all interested students. So this summer we are excited to announce our first annual writing competition for a full scholarship to attend our summer sharks and rays field research course!
Entrants are asked to complete two short essays about their experiences and goals to enter the competition. Winners will be given full (grand prize) or partial (runner-up) scholarships to attend our hands-on summer research course.
During their week living and working aboard RV Garvin, students will be instructed in shark and ray biology, ecology, and conservation, and will get hands-on experience with a variety of field research skills including using BRUVs (Baited Remote Underwater Video), drum lines, gillnets, and long lines. Students also get experience and training in how to work on a research vessel and safely restrain shark species for data collection.
The deadline for submission is April 22. Winners will be announced May 5. The course runs from June 6-13, 2017. All food (with the exception of one inexpensive "dinner out"), housing, research activities, and transportation are included in the tuition for the course once students arrive at the R/V Garvin.
Get started on your submission here! We hope to see you in the field this summer!
3/29/2017 04:04:33 pm
Can you tell me if there is an age restriction for this opportunity?
Field School - Julia Wester
3/29/2017 04:14:51 pm
Thanks for asking! Generally, this course is for students 18+ though we will make some exceptions for mature 17 year old students (for instance a student who is still 17 but will have graduated from high school at the time of the course). There is no upper age limit on the course and we often host students who are changing careers or expanding their training for graduate school.
3/30/2017 09:57:11 pm
The essay topics seem a bit vague, can someone clear this up for me?
3/31/2017 11:07:41 am
Hi Jon! We intentionally wrote the questions to be broad, as we'd like to hear about what is meaningful to our students, rather than having applicants write essays about what they think is meaningful to us.
3/31/2017 12:13:07 pm
Thank you for the response! That is a super awesome way to go about it! I was only asking because I recommended the program to a friend and was taking a look at the guidelines to see if he qualifies. I'll just leave the essay to him so y'all can get a better understanding of the type of person he is.
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