The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) at Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) recognizes that there continues to be underrepresentation of several groups entering graduate programs in the fields of biology and environmental science. To provide training opportunities to a diverse body of undergraduates with a long term goal of providing a strong pipeline of students continuing to higher degrees in these fields, we offer summer undergraduate internships each summer.
Through this internship, we offer students the opportunity to conduct a nine-week project research in marine sciences applying molecular tools. The summer internship includes an orientation to working in a lab, seminars on the use of molecular techniques relevant to fisheries, energy production, and environmental research, introductions to bioanalytics and DNA-sequencing, a research project with an IMET faculty mentor, and a one-day workshop on communicating science.
Applications for 2020 will be posted here. They are typically due in mid April.
This summer looks quite different from ones in the past. The interns are all joining us remotely, from as close as Baltimore City and as far as New Mexico. Projects this summer focused on data analysis and are described in greater detail in the blog posts. There were also some great opportunities for professional development in leadership and communication.
There were eleven interns in ths summer's program. They were joined by many excellent guest speakers, took a trip to the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, had a workshop on science communication and, of course conducted research in between all those activities!
Some highlights from the summer of 2018: performing an ecological assessment of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, a workshop on science communication, and lots of learning in the lab. The 2018 internship program was funded by Dr. Rose Jagus' Elkins Professorship, awarded by the University System of Maryland, and by the Bunting Family Foundation.
In 2016, many of the IMET graduate students presented on their research and offered advice to undergraduate interns. Read about these presentations and the impact of the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, which funded the 2016 internship program.