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

LMRCSC summer 11 group with Rose Jagus and Russell Hill

June 2- August 1, 2014

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.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form as a Word document and email to Applications are due by March 31, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-April. All students offered a position have until April 20 to accept or reject the offer.

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

Check back here for the 2015 summer internship application!

Previous LMRCSC Projects at IMET: Summer 2014

Details of LMRCSC opportunities at IMET can be found at

Fisheries/stock restoration

Dr. Jim Du: Genetic regulation of fish muscle development and growth.

Dr. Sook Chung/Dr. Brad Stevens: reproductive biology of the deep-sea red crab, Chaceon quinquedens.

Dr. Allen Place: Diet and feeding of menhaden using barcoding identification of gut contents.

Dr. Eric Schott: transmission and evolution of a virus lethal to blue crab

Essential Fish Habitat

Dr. Feng Chen: Adaptation of cyanobacteria to estuarine environments.

Dr. Sook Chung/Dr. Joe Pitula: Diversity of Hematodinium spp. In the Maryland coastal Bay ecosystem

Dr. Russell Hill/Dr. Leah Blasiak: Cultivatable microbial community of the marine sponges Ircinia strobilina and Mycale laxissima.

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 eIF2a phosphorylation as an indicator of stress in cobia and zebrafish.

Dr. Ten-Tsao Wong: Production of transgenic zebrafish fish for identification of compounds that induce fish sterility for aquaculture and fisheries.

Dr. Hal Schreier: Interaction of probiotic and pathogenic bacteria in oyster larvae hatchery culture.

Dr. Yantao Li: Development of lipid-rich microalgae as a source of fish feed for sustainable aquaculture.