Budding Scientists Learn from UMCES@IMET Researchers
Summer program opens undergraduates to world of biotechnology
Over the summer, excited young faces adorned laboratories throughout the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology. Through their work, they have explored the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, developed a deeper understanding of the biology of the blue crab and peered at algae samples through microscopes. Yet, their lifelong experience in scientific research is likely only beginning.
On August 6, thirteen summer undergraduate interns taking part in the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) program completed their ten-week internships and presented their findings to an audience of their families, friends and IMET scientists.
“For the last nine years, this summer program has opened the world of scientific discovery to undergraduate students yearning to become professional researchers,” says LMRCSC program director and UMCES@IMET scientist Dr. Rosemary Jagus. “By providing students the opportunity to work in a real biotechnology laboratory with practicing scientists, the program gives students an inspirational look at what could be their future careers.”
Mentored by several IMET faculty and staff scientists, the students - ranging from freshmen to seniors - undertook a structured program and completed research projects using molecular techniques to study problems in quantitative fisheries, fisheries habitat and aquaculture.
The students are currently enrolled at the Community College of Baltimore County, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, University of Hawaii, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Puerto Rico, and Virginian Wesleyan University.
The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center class of Summer 2010 with UMCES@IMET scientists.