Undergraduate Course in Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
What is this course?
This course is an immersive, 10-day course for undergraduates that presents the quantitative tools and field-based techniques used to sustainably manage and conserve aquatic marine living resources. This course is supported by the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, the National Sea Grant College Program, and the NOAA Office of Education, and will be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. A diverse group of faculty from the Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability (CFOS) and the Institute of Earth, Atmospheric, and Ocean Science (EOAS) at Rutgers University will be teaching this course, alongside scientists from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Why apply?

  • You will interact with scientific leaders in fisheries and research.
  • You will start building a network of contacts for a future science career and advanced graduate study.
  • You will gain research, quantitative, and field-based skills.
  • It won’t cost you anything (all travel, housing, and meal expenses paid)!
  • At least half of every day will be spent outside of the classroom doing field work or going on field trips.

When is it?

This is a 10-day course, from July 12th to July 21st, 2022.

Who can apply?

You must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Candidates will be selected nationwide, regardless of awardee location. In addition, participants must be enrolled (or recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree) through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups, or from institutions with limited research opportunities. We also encourage students from a diverse set of majors, including, but not limited to: Ecology, Natural Resource Management (Fisheries & Wildlife), Marine Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Basically, anyone interested in marine resource management, conservation, and sustainability should apply, regardless of your academic background. Students should have access to their own laptop for classroom exercises.  Proof of COVID vaccination is required to attend this course.

How to apply:

Applications and supporting materials are due by 11:59PM EST on March 23rd, 2022.

You will need at least one recommendation letter as part of your application, but two are allowed. When filling out the application you will provide the name and email address for each reference. A link will then be emailed directly to them to allow them to upload their recommendation letters. Be sure to notify them ahead of time to give your references ample time to submit their portion of the application, which is also due on March 23rd.

Click here to apply (https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BTp0ypec5cJ5VX).

Questions? Email us at FisheriesCourse@marine.rutgers.edu.