Undergraduate & Graduate Activities

CIOERT partners FAU, UNCW, and UM are major institutions of higher learning, with strong capabilities and programs in both undergraduate and graduate education in academic disciplines required to address NOAA’s ecosystem mission and its exploration, research, and technology priorities:

  • FAU faculty (in the College of Engineering, the College of Science, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute) have a broad range of expertise in research and teaching [both graduate (Ph.D. and M.S.) and undergraduate degree programs] in the marine sciences and ocean engineering and technology.
  • UNCW’s Marine Science Program is one of the top 10 marine science graduate programs in the U.S.
  • UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) offers one of the largest and most comprehensive graduate programs in the marine and atmospheric sciences anywhere in the world.

Collectively CIOERT’s universities offer tremendous education and training opportunities for students and NOAA scientists. The universities serve diverse student populations (e.g., FAU is a designated minority-serving institution). The participation of under-represented populations in ocean sciences will be increased through active student recruitment at each institution and other minority institutions (e.g., Savannah State Univ. has partnered in previous efforts with HBOI/FAU, UNCW, and our collaborator at the College of Charleston).

CIOERT’s universities offer competitive support for graduate students. In addition, as part of our CIOERT cost-share, and in support of Task 1B activities, FAU will provide research assistantships and tuition remission for 5 Ph.D. students, and UNCW will provide support for 2 postdoctoral fellows, to conduct their research on CIOERT projects. HBOI/FAU will also allocate 5 summer internships each year to university students to conduct their intern projects with CIOERT mentors, as part of the Harbor Branch Summer Intern Program, which has been supported by the Link Foundation since 1974. CIOERT faculty mentors will engage both graduate and undergraduate students in the projects, including participation in research cruises and expeditions; moreover, the students will be trained in the discipline of innovation, which is the foundation of CIOERT (Notion to Ocean©) and the CIOERT business model. Innovation will be a critical part of the CIOERT student experience.

CIOERT’s Transects Project developed at the College of Charleston (L. Sautter, 2003 NSF Geosciences Education award # GEO-0331155) will provide hands-on, at-sea research experiences for training undergraduate students in ocean sciences (Sautter and Sancho, 2006). CIOERT will enhance and geographically expand the NSF Transect program, utilizing the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot re- creation of a three-masted, 19th century Great Lakes schooner, owned and operated by Discovery World, as an educational platform and scientific research vessel.