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If you're interested in the marine sciences
and oceanography, look where you can go!
As a student of Wilkes University -- a member of the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium -- you can spend the summer learning by living and working in a pristine coastal environment in southeastern Virginia. The Consortium is an association of 22 state and private undergraduate institutions that oversees the operation of a marine field station and offers educational programs that support classroom, laboratory, and field activities.
The full-time instructional staff works with professors to provide you with a high quality, interdisciplinary experience in the oceanographic sciences that will help you meet your educational and research goals.
Additional resources within the area include Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, and NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. Nearby barrier islands are biologically diverse and geologically dynamic and many of the islands and marshes remain undeveloped and area waters have sustained fishing, crabbing, and oystering for generations.
Courses taken at Wallops Island can be used to fulfill selected upper-level
undergraduate requirements in the fields of Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. The courses typically carry 3 credits and involve 3 weeks of intensive field and laboratory investigations.
Biology majors who minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences may formally pursue a Marine Science Option concentration in a four-year program that is fully integrated into their major and minor. On a less formal basis, students who meet course pre-requisites may complement regular course work with these unique summer field experiences in oceanography.
- The R.V. Philip Parker, 45-foot vessel for offshore classroom and research work
- Small craft for inshore work in the marsh channels and bays
- General oceanographic, environmental collection, and monitoring equipment
- 10 laboratory classrooms with microscopes and salt-water aquaria
- Dormitory housing (400 beds)
If you're interested in pursuing a career as a marine scientist you can work
in the areas of paleontology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical oceanography, paleontology, biology, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and engineering. You can also work at colleges and universities or for state and federal agencies, marine-related industries, research laboratories, independent organizations, and consulting firms.
If you're interested in pursuing a research career, you can find opportunities in academia, industry, government, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and entrepreneurship (owning your own business).
If you're interested in enrolling in this program
you must first let Wilkes University's coordinator of the Wallops Island Program, Dr. Jeff Stratford, know prior to the start of the spring semester (preferably in December). Then you must register, which is a two-step procedure: (1) Apply to the Marine Science Center in Virginia. (2) Once you are accepted, you will need to register at Wilkes.
Food, housing, and administrative costs are paid to the Consortium, and tuition and fees are paid to Wilkes University (contact Dr. Case via Email for fees). It is very important to meet with one of the campus coordinators in December or January to discuss academic qualifications and administrative procedures. They will ensure that your application is properly prepared and mailed with your deposit.
Confirmation of enrollment, information on the course for which you enrolled, and a bill for the Marine Science Consortium fee will be mailed in the Spring semester. When enrollment at the Wallops Island Marine Station is confirmed, you may see one of the campus coordinators to complete your registration at Wilkes University.