NOAA-EPP Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) IMET Summer Internship Program

LMRCSC summer 11 group with Rose Jagus and Russell Hill

June 1- July 31, 2015

Each summer, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology at the Inner Harbor offers students the opportunity to conduct research in marine sciences applying molecular tools.

The summer internship will provide orientation to working in a lab, seminars on the use of molecular techniques in fisheries and environmental research, a one-day workshop on communicating science, and a research project with an LMRCSC-associated faculty mentor.

The program consists of a 9-week research project mentored by an UMCES-LMRCSC associated faculty mentor, along with orientation to working in a lab, seminars on the use of molecular techniques in fisheries and environmental research, and a one-day workshop on communicating science.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduates with US citizenship studying marine science, fisheries, or biological sciences with an interest in marine science/fisheries, having a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Preference will be given to students from the LMRCSC partner institutions, Delaware State University, Hampton University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Savannah State University, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami and Oregon State University.

Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

What benefits will you receive?

In addition to a summer immersed in research, students receive a stipend of $4,000, housing accommodations if needed, as well as professional preparation and career advice. In addition, students are eligible for 4 credits by arrangement with their home institution.

The LMRCSC-IMET Summer Internship Program is supported by funding from NOAA-EPP through the Cooperative Science Center Program.

The application process for Summer 2015 is now closed. Please check back here to apply next year.

LMRCSC Projects at IMET: Summer 2015

Details of LMRCSC opportunities at IMET can be found at

Fisheries/stock restoration

  • Dr. Jim Du: Genetic and environmental regulation of fish muscle growth
  • Dr. Sook Chung: Reproductive endocrinology in the red deepsea crab, Chaceon quinquedens
  • Dr. Sook Chung:  Understanding neuroendocrine regulation of the gut microbiome in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus 
  • Dr. Allen Place: Diet and feeding of menhaden using barcoding identification of gut contents
  • Dr. Eric Schott: Searching the coastal bay food web for reservoirs of a virus lethal to blue crab Callinectes sapidus
  • Dr. Colleen Burge: Determining the genetic and molecular bases of oyster resistance to an oyster-killing virus, Ostreid herpesvirus 1

Essential Fish Habitat

  • Dr. Feng Chen: Adaptation of cyanobacteria to estuarine environments
  • Dr. Russell Hill: Factors affecting the growth of marine microalgae, including the role of bacterial symbionts
  • Dr. Russell Hill: The role of bacterial signaling in sponge colonization by symbiotic bacteria
  • Dr. Rose Jagus/Dr. Allen Place: Protein synthesis and translational initiation factors in the dinoflagellate, Amphidinium carterae
  • Dr. Tsetso Bachvaroff: Impacts of the parasite Amoebophrya on ichthyotoxic dinoflagellates in the Chesapeake Bay

Environmentally responsible aquaculture

  • Dr. Rose Jagus: Use of zebrafish liver cells (ZFL) to study taurine metabolism
  • Dr. Yantao Li: Sustainable production of carotenoids from green microalgae as feed additives for fish
  • Dr. Ten-Tsao Wong: Developing a technology to induce fish sterility by disrupting primordial germ cell development in zebrafish and/or rainbow trout
  • Dr. Nilli Zmora/Dr. Yonathan Zohar: Studies toward understanding the hormonal control of reproduction in a vertebrate model- the striped bass