Two Savannah State University students are attending the new Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP), a summer science intern program designed to promote diversity in the Woods Hole, Mass., science community while giving students real-world exposure to the issues facing today’s scientists.
The students are Sanya Compton of Saint Vincent and Grenadines, West Indies, who graduated with honors in May, and Shamgan Perkins, a senior from Albany, Ga. Both marine science majors, they are among 16 undergraduate students from 11 colleges throughout the United States attending PEP, which includes a fourweek course focused on global climate change followed by six-to-eight weeks on individual research projects.
The program targets juniors and seniors who have had some course work in oceanography or marine and/or environmental sciences.
During PEP, which began June 2 and will continue through August, Compton and Perkins will participate in seminars, workshops, field trips, sea excursions and give oral presentations about their research projects.
The interns will also engage in career development activities with researchers from all over the world. Each intern will receive a stipend, room and board, travel allowance and course tuition.
PEP is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, a multi-institutional effort that launched in 2004.
Participating institutions and initiative members include the Marine Biological Laboratory, Northeast Fisheries Science Center of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sea Education Association, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Woods Hole Research Center.
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