SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
I first heard about this program from one of my research advisors at Georgia State University. I was working at the XRD, Dr. Kabengi walks into the lab, hands me a pamphlet, and says “you need to apply to this.” So I do. I had already applied to a few other summer programs and had gotten accepted to one of them; I had even accepted their invitation. One evening, a few weeks later, I get a phone call from a gentleman named Dr. Ambrose Jearld, asking me to please email him a copy of my transcripts.
I have been in Woods Hole for PEP for about 3 weeks now. I had applied because I was the top in aquatics at Tuskegee University and so far it has been a real adventure of education!
One of the best parts about being in the Partnership Education Program is getting to explore the different towns in New England. On Friday June 23, 2017, we went to Gloucester and learned about the different research and jobs performed at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. We also learned about the many positions available to both undergrad and graduate research interns.
Prior to this trip I had no idea that PEP or even Woods Hole existed. Luckily, I was told about this opportunity by my Chemistry professor back in Michigan, and I’m am extremely grateful that I’m able to have this experience. From the beginning I have been surprised by not only the knowledge I’m gaining but also the connections I’m making. I was surprised when coming here at how close I’ve become to the other 15 PEP students within the first three weeks and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.
Often times the lasting impact of an experience is not something we expect. I had arrived at the SEA campus on June 2. My 21st birthday would be on June 5th. So inevitably I was anxious about being away from home at a momentous stage in my life. My mother, family, and friends weren’t excited about not being able to celebrate this time with me. I was a little sad about not being able to celebrate it with them, as well.
Hey yall! My name is Elizabeth “Liz” Smith. I am a junior environmental science major from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. If you hadn’t guess from my use of “yall”, I am a Southern Belle. This is my first time in the New England and I am loving it! It took a few days to get use to the weather (I left 85 degrees with a summer breeze for 65 and a wind chill. What was I thinking?!) but after 3 weeks here in Falmouth I am well acclimated.
When my major advisor first told me about the Woods Hole Partnership in Education Program (PEP) I was immediately interested. An opportunity to be a part of one of the premier research communities in the world? I started on the application that day. I expected to be surrounded by fellow PEPsters that were intelligent, driven, and passionate about their fields.
My favorite day so far has been going into the field of Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth Massachusetts to get a close look and collect data on the biomass of the different types of trees at the back of the Woods Hole Research Center. The purpose of this field work was to measure and monitor the above-ground of biomass and also see how carbon affects climate change. We started the field work by dividing ourselves into four different groups. Each group was given a compass, measuring tape, flags and a diameter measuring tape.
My favorite day so far has been going out into the field of Wood Neck Beach in Falmouth, Massachusetts to get a closer look and collect data on the biodiversity within a rocky intertidal habitat. Being from this area and working closely with the species that live throughout the New England coastlines, I felt very confident identifying different species and had so much fun being outdoors in the beautiful weather.
Last week, 16 students arrived on the SEA campus to take part in the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP). These students come from schools from across the States to spend 10 weeks in the Woods Hole Community undertaking a four-week course run by scientists from local institutions before heading into labs for six weeks of hands-on research.