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    The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) is currently holding a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students that began on Monday, June 3, and will continue until Friday, August 9.  The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in marine and estuarine science, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an internship that will allow the undergraduates to participate in laboratory and field research activities.  In addition to participating in field trips, the students will receive instruction in topics such as scientific ethics, library resources for research, experimental design, and data analysis.  They will also attend seminars and workshops on such topics as scientific writing and communication.  On the final day of the internship, they will present their research results to their peers, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at a symposium that will be held at the Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center.  The internship pays a stipend of $5,000 to each student over the course of the summer, and housing and meals are provided.  Students must attend the whole 10-week session to receive the stipend.  Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, professor and director of the NOAA LMRCSC, directs the program along with Dr. Eric May, the program coordinator.  For additional information, visit

    The Student Enrichment & Experiential Learning (SEEL) and Coastal Marine Sciences (CMARS) programs are components of the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology - Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics (CREST-CISCEP) funded by NSF and directed by Chigbu.  The SEEL Program promotes environmental literacy among high school students through activity-rich educational and outreach experiences related to the Coastal Bays. For high school students in the tri-county area, the 7-week internship provides a $2,000 stipend for the summer.  Student research will be focused on the influence of land use and climate variability on water quality in the Maryland Coastal Lagoons, phytoplankton and macroalgae dynamics in the Maryland Coastal Lagoons, zooplankton community dynamics in the Maryland Coastal Bays, physiological effects of hypoxia on Atlantic croaker in the Chesapeake Bay, and the effects of environmental factors on blue crab and its relation to infection by Hematodinium sp. Students will present their research during the symposium at the end of the internship period.

    The CMARS Workshop, reserved for 6th -12th grade teachers of biology and marine and environmental science, begins on July 7.  For the program, which ends on July 19, teachers are recruited nationwide in the effort to promote environmental literacy among high school and middle school teachers and students.  The ultimate goal is to incorporate ocean science educational material into the existing curricula.  Program activities are aligned with state and national standards and they meet the Middle and High School Assessment (MSA and HSA) requirements. Each participant will be provided a support system through collaboration with CREST-CISCEP researchers, staff (Kerrie Bunting, CREST-CISCEP program coordinator), and graduate students.  On-campus housing, meals, and a travel allowance will be provided.  Dr. Andrea Johnson, research assistant professor and associate director of the CREST-CISCEP Program in the Department of Natural Sciences, administers the SEEL and CMARS programs. Additional information for both programs is available at

    For the Geoscience Bridge Program, funded by NSF and NOAA, 20 students who have received admission to begin college in fall 2013, participate in a 6-week educational program involving marine geology and chemistry, atmospheric science, physical oceanography, and remote sensing/GIS.  The program was established through a collaborative effort of four cooperative science centers funded by NOAA EPP.  It offers lectures and hands-on laboratory and field activities, field trips, and lectures in DNSC 100, a freshman seminar course designed to facilitate the adjustment of freshmen science majors to college life.  Interns will also enroll in college algebra or Calculus I.  The 2013 session begins Sunday, June 30, and concludes Friday, August 9.  Each student will receive $500 per week and will be reimbursed for travel to and from UMES.  Housing and meals will also be provided.  Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, professor and director of the NOAA LMRCSC, directs the program along with Dr. Ali Ishaque, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, who is the associate director.  Additional information is available at

    UMES hosts the AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program July 14-27.  High school students, ages 14-17, will learn about careers in animal management, plant biotechnology, nutrient management and natural resource sciences during this summer. Students are provided experiential learning opportunities through state-of-the-art research, education, farm facilities and field trips to conservation areas and research centers.  Students reside on the university campus for two weeks and work with university faculty and other agriculture professionals.  In addition to APHIS, funding is also provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Dr. Bessie Green, research associate, and Dr. George Shorter, assistant professor, both in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, administer the program.  With questions, contact Green at or Shorter at

    The Junior Academy of Science & Technology (JAST) Program provides unique learning experiences for underrepresented groups in geospatial data collection and mapping training using GIS & GPS software; watersheds and water chemistry; rescuing the Chesapeake Bay; developing emergency evacuation plans for pets and livestock animals; and networking with local school teachers, faculty, staff and university interns and UMES faculty.  In addition to a summer camp, the program supports an afterschool club that meets two days a month from September to May.  The academy covers all costs for participation in the camp and the afterschool program, and participants will be enrolled into the 4-H program at no cost.  The academy is a partnership among UMES, the University of Maryland Extension, and the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program.  Dr. Arthur Allen,  UMES professor and project director; Tracie Bishop, UMES GIS Program manager; Amy Rhodes, 4-H educator for Wicomico County; Amanda Chesser, 4-H educator for Somerset County; and Chris Anderson, 4-H Youth Development Specialist will administer the program. Funding for JAST is provided by NIFA's USDA Capacity Building Grant Program.

    A one-week workshop is reserved for STEM faculty and pre-service and in-service science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture (STEAM) educators who teach grades 6 through the undergraduate level and who aspire to be leaders in bioenergy and bioproducts education. The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program (BBEP) is a USDA-funded multi-state initiative that connects educators to major sustainable bioenergy research initiatives.  The program includes intensive teacher training in bioenergy and bioproducts STEM disciplines, including agriculture.  Teachers utilize engaging hands-on activities, field trips to bio-based industries, research-based teaching materials, and networking opportunities with world-class researchers and other educators to develop and integrate resources appropriate for their classroom.  As pioneers in the emerging bioeconomy, many of the program's past participants are now creating teaching materials for use by educators across the country.  Topic areas at each workshop include biofuels, biopower, sustainability, bioproducts, biomass, bioheat, systems thinking, and policy and environment.  The USDA provides stipends to all applicants selected for participation.  Dr. Madhumi Mitra, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, administers the UMES workshop, which is scheduled for the week of Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19. Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, professor of engineering and aviation sciences, co-directs the program.

    The Project SEED (Socially Engaged Entrepreneur Development) Program has resulted from a partnership between UMES and the American Chemical Society (ACS) that began in 2007.  The program offers local, ambitious, economically disadvantaged or underrepresented high school students the opportunity to work in an academic, industrial or government research laboratory for eight weeks during the summer.  It exposes participating youth to science through learning and discovery, while allowing them to earn income and to enjoy nurturing and supportive relationships with the scientific community.  Upon high school graduation, SEED students are encouraged to enroll at UMES and pursue a major in the sciences.  Should a SEED student choose UMES, he or she becomes eligible for an ACS Project SEED scholarship to help meet the financial obligations of college.  Dr. Jennifer Hearne, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, is the program director, and Dr. Uche Udeochu, assistant professor in the same department, is the program coordinator. This program is offered every summer, depending on the availability of funds.  For more information, contact Hearne at or Udeochu at


    Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communications specialist, School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences, 410-621-3850,