Massachussetts Marine Educator’s upcoming events

MME Annual Meeting in Woods Hole
Register now for the Annual Meeting and Conference at WHOI
Please mark your calendar for MME’s 41st Annual Meeting and Conference in Woods Hole at WHOI’s Clark Building, Quissett Campus, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30am to 4:15pm.
  • Kara Dodge, WHOI Guest Investigator
    Insights into Leatherback Behavior using Tags, Cameras and Robots
  • Ken Kostel, WHOI Web Science Writer/Editor
    Hands Across the Water: Introducing Students to Science at Sea
  • Seabird CSI: Using Chemical Tools to Study the Biology of Seabirds
  • How Do We Explore?
  • Turtle TLC: Using Sea Turtles, Cape Cod Sea Turtle Strandings, and Turtle
  • Tour of WHOI’s New High Speed Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
  • Using Atlantic Salmon Telemetry Data and Developing Stream Obstruction Bypass
  • The Educational Whale Watch
  • Discovering Oceanography and Meteorology with Real-Time NERACOOS Buoy Data
  • All are invited to a networking reception at SEA Education immediately following the conference.
For more information, including descriptions of each session and an event flyer, please visit our website! Please help us to spread the word about this exciting event.
MME Marine Art Contest
The annual MME Marine Art Contest is now underway, and the theme for this year is “Exploring the Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” There are five contest divisions: K-4, 5-8, 9-12, scientific illustration, and computer graphics.
Winning entries will be posted on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website (, as well as used by the sanctuary and MME in their outreach programs. Notification and certificates will be sent to the participating teachers or individual students at their schools.
Click here for an event flyer and application form. Please share and/or post with your colleagues! Winning entries from 2016 can be viewed here.
The annual MA Marine Educators’ annual marine art contest is underway with a deadline of April 28. All students in grades K-12 are invited to participate. Entry is free. The theme is “Exploring marine biodiversity at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Winning art is incorporated into an annual calendar and tours the region in a traveling exhibit. Click here for more information.

Science Cafes return for 2017

Join us at Mead Hall for great discussion of ocean plastics and much conviviality.
Where: Mead Hall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)
When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Topic: Ocean Plastics
What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations, THREE great speakers:
Keith Cialino – NOAA Ocean Debris Program
Linda Cabot – Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Jessica Donahue –  Sea Education Association (SEA)

Annual Science Contest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT; Jason Clark

September 1, 2015                                                                  (504) 220-0453

Alexandria, VA – The Education Committees of the American Salvage Association (ASA) together with the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) announce a special awards competition for marine science projects conducted at the high school and undergraduate college levels. This initiative is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, to raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage, and to promote careers in the salvage and maritime industries.

Experimental science or engineering projects involving marine sciences that were conducted in 2015 at the high school or undergraduate college level are eligible. Projects should focus on one of the following broad marine science areas: Marine Environmental Care, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Meteorology, Underwater Robotics, Air Emissions from Ships, Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships, Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation, Offshore Well Control, Diving Systems, Marine Biology, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Microorganisms, Ship Design, Ship Breaking, Recovery of Sunken Ships, Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants, related Marine Salvage or Marine Environmental projects.

Project abstracts of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing the project will be accepted from September 1, 2015- October 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on or before October 15, 2015.

Competition will be divided into 2 groups for prizes: High School 9-12th grades and College/University undergraduate students. 1st place winners will be invited to receive their awards at an industry function event of the American Salvage Association and/or the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) in the fall of 2015.

All papers will be considered for awards by both ASA and NAMEPA. Papers may win prizes in both contests.


For additional information on the competition and to submit an entry, please go to:


The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee is committed to promoting general maritime industry interest with a focus on marine salvage, and to help develop maritime industry expertise through interactive experience with ASA salvage professionals 

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is an independent, marine industry-led association which engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need and strategies for protecting this important global resource. Visit

Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity

The Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will award at least 35 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) to qualified undergraduate students interested in participating in a 10-week mentored research project in the marine life sciences and climate change. In addition to receiving professional research experience and training, SURFs will be awarded a stipend of $4200, plus $500 for research supplies. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2012. For more information, visit their website.

Duke Undergraduate Marine Fellowship

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce two undergraduate fellowships for a full semester of study in Spring 2011.  Factors considered in the evaluation process include whether an applicant identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in marine science and has demonstrated interest in marine science and its impact on society. Complete fellowship information can be found at :

Marine Scholarship for Undergrads

Oceanic Research Group, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2010 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship.  Oceanic Research Group cultivates marine awareness and conservation through the creation and distribution of educational media for schools and public television, most recently via the national public television and internet series, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World. (  Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible for the scholarship. Students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2010 fall term with a marine-related major. The deadline for this application is October 1, 2010.  The $1000 Marine Scholarship will be awarded at the Oceanic Research Group Fundraising event on November 5, 2010 in North Reading, MA.  Full details of the application process can be found on the website  ( ).

SEA Semester at Woods Hole

SEA Semester at Woods Hole, field programs in marine & environmental studies for undergraduates, is launching their fifth SEA Semester program offering in Spring 2011.  SEA Semester: Energy & the Ocean Environment is an investigative science and policy semester focused on the social, environmental, & technological dimensions of energy production and transportation in coastal and open ocean environments. This program offers 17 credits through Boston University.


Students will work individually with SEA faculty to design an original research project while taking courses in Oceanography, Marine Environmental History, and Ocean Science & Public Policy.  Research on local effects of the 1969 Buzzards Bay oil spill, facilitated by the scientists who have studied it since its occurrence, will allow students to conduct a comparative study with their findings in the Gulf.


Students will collect data for their research projects while engaging in Nautical Science and Oceanographic Field Methods coursework. The cruise track will allow students to trace the footprint of the Gulf oil spill while exploring its effects on local and regional communities, coastal and deepwater ecosystems, and ocean chemistry.


A second shore component on the SEA campus will allow students to analyze data, complete their projects, and engage in a capstone conference alongside some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of marine science.

Visit for more information.

SEA Semester at Woods Hole – Summer Space Available

Sea Education Association has very limited space available in the upcoming Summer Session for undergraduates. This 8-week program is an abbreviated version of the interdisciplinary SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration program and offers 12 credits through Boston University. Students engage in coursework in oceanography, oceanographic research, maritime studies, and nautical science. They spend 4 weeks on the SEA campus in Woods Hole and then participate in an open ocean research cruise from Honolulu to San Francisco aboard our 134’ sailing research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. The dates are June 1 – July 26, and students may find more information at