Off Campus Study: 2020 Marine Biology Spring Semester (Apply by Nov. 15, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Georgia Marine Institute is pleased to be accepting applications for the 2020 Marine Biology Spring Semester.  This exciting opportunity is open to undergraduate students from any college or university.  Students will be immersed in field-based learning while taking up to 17 credit hours of formal coursework in marine biology and ecology.  Students will be in residence at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island from January 7 – April 30, 2020.  Admission is on a rolling basis, with a final application deadline of November 15, 2019.

Students who have questions about the program should feel free to contact me directly.
All the Best,

Damon Gannon
Damon Gannon, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Academics
University of Georgia Marine Institute
P.O. Box 32
Sapelo Island, GA 31327
912-485-2221, ext. 2290

Internship & Study Away Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Some opportunities shared by Bowdoin alum Aspen Gavenus ’99:
Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Environmental Education Jobs and Internships (spring & summer 2019) with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies:

Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world?  As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, or Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  As a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. Our seasonal staff are employed at the Wynn Nature Center (a 140-acre boreal forest preserve) the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station (coastal ecosystems) and the Yurt on the Spit.  Responsibilities vary by position. Check out our website for more information:

Alaska Coastal Summer Institute (summer 2019)

ACSI is built around four core experiences (each about a week in duration) hosted by local research agencies and community-organizations in the Kachemak Bay area.  These core experiences provide a fun, fascinating, and highly effective way to learn how scientific knowledge is being built and used in Kachemak Bay.  You will also attain job-related skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and scientific communication. Plus, you can grow your professional network and become familiar with a number of the research agencies working in Kachemak Bay, exploring different career options and build connections with organizations that offer seasonal internships, as well as research/graduate school positions! Each core experience determined by the partner agencies offers students insight into their most interesting and important research, community-based monitoring, and science communication work.  The cost is approximately $3000, but some scholarship assistance may be available. For more information, go to

Semester by the Bay (fall 2019, and new this year, spring 2020)

Each fall, the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Homer, Alaska, offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats and an Alaskan theme. The semester has been designed to meet the needs of students majoring in the natural sciences in a creative and adventurous way.

Kachemak Bay is one of the richest marine estuaries in the world. Charismatic species such as sea otters, killer and humpback whales, bald eagles, puffins, jellies, halibut, and salmon utilize the waters and coastal environments of Kachemak Bay. Students are immersed with these and other species, such as beluga whales, during hands-on labs, field trips conducted throughout the semester here in Kachemak Bay and the surrounding waters of Cook Inlet, and during undergraduate internship opportunities conducted with our community partners. Check out or see the attached flyer.

Shantzbird Scholarship for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (spring 2019)

The Shantz Brothers Foundation just announced they will be sending another student to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska. Aplications for the 2019 trip, which takes place May 9-12, are now being accepted.  The application deadline is December 31, 2018. Please click here for the Scholarship Application

Field Studies for Student Groups at Peterson Bay (spring, summer, fall)

One of the best parts of my job is to put together unique Alaska Coastal Ecology educational programs for middle school, high school, and college student groups from around the state, country, and even world.  If you are interested in bringing a group of students to our remote Peterson Bay Field Station in spring, summer, or fall, please get in touch.  Using evidence-based teaching methods and immersing students in the amazingly diverse and complex human-ecological systems of the Kachemak Bay region, these field study trips can be just a couple days long as part of a longer trip throughout Alaska, or you can focus your time in Kachemak Bay, spending over a week at the Field Station.  Check out or the attached brochure for more information.

Please pass this information on to anyone who you think might be interested, and get in touch if you have questions!



Katie ‘Aspen’ Gavenus ’99
Program Director
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

708 Smokey Bay Way
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-1974

Study Away Opportunity: SEA Semester, Spring 2019

SEA Semester- Openings for spring 2019
paces are available in three of our spring 2019 programs (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, and Oceans & Climate).  It’s vitally important to have a full complement of students on our ships to contribute their varied talents, interests, and energy, so we hate to see bunks go empty.

This is an excellent opportunity for a bright, adventurous student to attend SEA Semester.

Peg Brandon, W-48

Summer Opportunity: Backpacking with Purpose, Apply by 3/8

Once again, all students are eligible to receive financial assistance to reduce the cost of all our 35- and 45-day summer programs. Applications should only take about 10 minutes, and the deadline to apply for our summer programs is coming up on March 8th.


Discover the wider world and connect with change makers making a positive and lasting impact in their communities.

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit that runs travel, community service, and experiential education programs around the globe. We dig into social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profits, and communities. We want you to join us in the fight for a better world.

It’s time to make the whole world your classroom!
Apply by March 8th.

 Programs are filling up quickly, so apply as soon as possible. Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

 Start exploring at:

Can’t travel in the summer? We travel all year long!
SHANU KANDA. University Outreach Coordinator

tw: @OGbackpackers

Off Campus Event: Nature Based Education Summer Institute, May 18-20 2018 (Register now)

Dave the Dates: May 18-20, 2018
Nature Based Education: Summer Institute

Friday,May 18
Evening Public Lecture

Saturday, May 19
Join us for an exciting one-day conference focused on nature-based education. Sessions are designed to be interactive and outdoors, and will appeal to a range of educators working across age levels and settings. The day will be designed for educators-in-training as well as those who have extensive experience in the field. Opportunities to connect with colleagues will foster shared learning and exploration. The day will feature a keynote speaker, locally grown food, and workshops that will bring you outside to learn more about how nature based education benefits children and adults. Schedule of sessions will be available in early January 2018.

Please note: low-cost on-campus accommodations will be available Friday and Saturday nights

Sunday, May 20

Post-Conference Sessions Relax, connect with nature, and network with other professionals. Full-and half-day options available, and may include visiting a local organic farm, participating in a nature journaling workshop, hiking to a backcountry hut and more

Website: Sponsored by University of Maine at Farmington

Office of Graduate Studies

Division of Elementary, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Special Education

Study Away Program: Three Seas Marine Biology Program 2018

Northeastern’s Three Seas Program in marine biology delivers a unique combination of inquiry-based study, fieldwork, research, and workplace experience. It is a program in which students learn science by doing science and emerge as capable, confident marine biologists.
• Students spend a full academic year immersed in the study of marine  biology in three distinctly different marine ecosystems

• The program’s rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum in marine science  is completed with laboratory, lecture, and fieldwork studies

• Students are guided and challenged by a faculty comprised of some of the  world’s most prestigious marine researchers and educators

• Graduates of the program have a proven record of acceptance in the top  marine biology graduate programs across the country, as well as success  in a variety of marine-related careers

Visit to apply.