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URE OMS 2003 Logo The URE OMS program objective is to promote the professional development of minority undergraduate students through their participation in ocean, marine and space science research. The program consists of ten undergraduates. Each student is assigned to a specific research team, where he/she will work closely with the faculty. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate undergraduate interaction. The project will be conducted for eight weeks during summer 2003, with on-line mentoring and follow-up during academic year 2003-04.
Bridging the Gap: Minorities in Marine Science
There are many different career paths that can be taken in the field of aquatic sciences. The list includes but is not limited to: research toxicologists, geologic oceanographers, professors of biology, fisheries scientists, marine biology teachers, marine mammal specialists, baykeepers, marine ecologists, aquaculture microbiologists, shellfish biologists, physical oceanographers, marine geophysicists, ocean engineers, and many more. Dr. Carol Daniels, Dr. Frank Hall, Dr. Livingston Marshall of Morgan State, and Dr. Jay Calkins are a few examples of researchers in some of the listed fields that were mentioned in the video "Bridging the Gap: Minorities in Marine Science".

Professionals along with undergraduate and graduate students highly recommend that the students take as many college preparatory courses in the sciences as possible such as chemistry, physics, biology, and math. They also stressed how essential it is to possess good communication and computer proficiency skills. It always helps to know someone who is experienced in the field that one is pursuing, therefore it was suggested that the students establish strong relationships with a mentor who will serve as role model to them. Dr. Carol Daniels stated that "The mentoring process is very important." Mentors do not necessarily have to fit the common stereotype of being an older professional but can be another high school student or even a community friend. Lastly, it was pointed out that participation in one or more programs during the summer and school years significantly aid in defining a career interest. Shannon Coplin, a graduate student from Hampton University, stated that "These opportunities are priceless."
Danielle Graves, URE OMSS Researcher


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