CFOS Students Bass. Photo by Orion Weldon CFOS Students fish CFOS students using fishing nets Olaf Jensen and CFOS Student casting a trap CFOS students
Undergraduate Course in Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
What is this course?

This course is an immersive, two-week 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 National Sea Grant Office and will be held at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) in Tuckerton, 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)!
  • You get to spend two weeks at the beach, in one of the most pristine estuaries on the East Coast of the U.S.
  • 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 two week course, from May 31st to June 13th, 2020.

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.

How to apply:

The application deadline has been extended. Applications and supporting materials are now due by 11:59PM EST on February 28, 2020.

You will need two recommendation letters as part of your application. When filling out the application you will provide the names and email addresses for two references. A link will then be emailed directly to your references 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 February 28th.

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

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