Fully Funded Opportunity to Study Marine Science

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For the past 22 years, Western Washington University (in Bellingham, Washington) has annually offered the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation(MIMSUP) program. The goal of this US National Science Foundation-funded program is to introduce members of ethnic/racial groups underrepresented in the sciences to the possibility of pursuing a career in marine science.  Targeted groups include Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Latino/Hispanics and Pacific Islanders.Through MIMSUP, 8 students a year come from around the country to Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (in Anacortes, Washington). The program participants spend winter and spring academic quarters (January 8 – June 14 with a spring break from March 23 – April 1) studying marine science, completing 31 quarter credits of coursework, gaining career skills and doing supervised independent research.  Most of the classes are limited to the 8 program participants so there is a remarkable level of instruction and mentoring by the faculty.

If you have ever considered a career in marine science (or even if you haven’t), this is a good chance for you to find out if it is something you might do. The program is a national model (we went to the White House a few years ago to receive a Presidential Mentoring Award for MIMSUP).  Program funding covers all tuition and fees for Winter and Spring Quarters and housing at the marine center in Anacortes.  We also provide travel funds and you earn a $3335 stipend through outreach to local 2nd and 4th grade classrooms.

We are currently accepting applications for MIMSUP 2013. We consider applications from sophomores, juniors and seniors. Background preparation normally includes math (through pre-calculus), college-level chemistry and college-level biology.  Application requires 1) an online form, 2) a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copy is OK) and 3) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows your work. The application deadline is NOVEMBER 9th.

You can find the online application and video comments from last year’s MIMSUP students on our MIMSUP website (Google MIMSUP). You can also visit the MIMSUP Facebook page for more information. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions (Brian.Bingham@wwu.edu or 360-650-7400 ext 297).

Brian Bingham, Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences

Western Washington University

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