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.
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