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

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.

Summer 2016 Summer Program is in full swing! 

LMRCSC Summer 2016

Are you alumni of the LMRCSC Summer Internship program? We’d love to hear from you!

Congratulations to Manuel Olmeda, LMRCSC Summer intern in 2014, upon his graduation from the University of Puerto Rico and his admission to graduate school! Manuel interned with Dr. Yantao Li during his summer at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Since then, he has interned with the USDA and volunteered in a coral restoration program. 

This fall, Manuel begins the Biological Oceanography Graduate Program at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. He will be studying native or exotic fish from the area with a focus on ecology, populations and conservation. We know that Manuel will have a successful academic career and hope that he continues to advocate for the LMRCSC.

Manuel with Tarzan, the University of Puerto Rico mascot

Advice from LMRCSC Alum Kathleen Gillespie
June 17, 2016

Congratulations, you have earned your college degree! Then comes the dreaded question, ”So, what do I want to do now?”  Choosing your path in any career can seem daunting, but entering a graduate program in biological science comes with it’s own unique career complexities. 

Here is my anecdotal advice for the question you should be asking yourself:  Do I want to go into Academia, Industry, or “Other”?

If considering Academia: You must have a PhD to be a professor.  Choose to pursue a postdoctoral position (but not too long).  You will have to publish, know how to write proposals and grants for funding, and have some teaching experience.

If considering Industry: Learn biotechnology/genomic tools and GLP (Good lab practice) skills. Having masters can be very marketable, but only lateral advancement. PhD positions are available, but more specialized.

If considering “Other”: You may become an entrepreneur, so having a PhD would be desirable. Try to expand your science through other avenues: i.e.: policy, science communication, technology transfer, nonprofit consultant, etc.

My best advice is to decide EARLY in your graduate career which major branch you want to pursue, and set up the groundwork to achieve this accordingly.

Dr. Gillespie earned her Ph.D. in 2015 with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. 



Shadaesha Green Presents at University System of Maryland Board of Regents Meeting 

Third-Year Ph.D. student Shadaesha Green presented her research at the June 10, 2016, Board of Regents Meeting held at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Lab. Along with three other UMCES students, Green discussed her research on the endocrinology of deep sea red crabs and its influence on East Coast fisheries. A native of the Bronx, Shadaesha is funded by the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center. She was first introduced to the LMRCSC during her summer internship at IMET while she was an undergraduate at partner institution Hampton University. The research she conducted that summer lead her into her current research project today. Shadaesha hopes to compare and contrast the populations of deep sea red crabs in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.



Welcome Interns!

June 6, 2016

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology is pleased to welcome its summer class of 2016 interns. This year’s group includes students from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and more. For many students, the 9-week Living Marine Summer Internship program is their first experience working on an independent research project.

Throughout the summer, students will learn microbiology techniques, how to use bioanalytical equipment in the BAS Lab, time management and presentation skills. At the end of the program, students will give a formal presentation to their fellow interns, IMET faculty, family and friends. These presentations will summarize their two months of research and use the skills developed here at IMET. With the help of weekly mentoring sessions with Dr. Rosemary Jagus, LMRCSC Program Director at IMET, one-on-one mentoring from IMET faculty and presentations from LMRCSC Graduate Students, the LMRCSC interns are set up for success this summer and in their future academic endeavors.


2016 Projects

Fisheries/stock restoration

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

Dr. Sook Chung:Identification of male sex hormone in the deepsea redcrab, Chaceon quinquedens

Dr. Sook Chung: Understanding molting mechanisms in barnacles

Dr. Sook Chung: Understanding crustacean gut microbiomes associated with immunity

Ammar Hanif: 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 crabCallinectes sapidus

Dr. Eric Schott: Understanding the interactions of a lethal blue crab virus with fishing practices to inform improved fishing practices

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 roles of symbiotic bacteria in marine sponges

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 engineered zebrafish liver cells (ZFL) to study taurine metabolism

Dr. Yantao Li: Sustainable production of microalgal fatty acids 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

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.


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