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About Sea Education Association

Global Diversity


Sea Education Association (SEA) is committed to making Woods Hole a more diverse community for students and scientists alike.

SEA Semester teaches undergraduates about the ocean and the interactions that we as human beings have developed with the sea.  Given that the ocean covers 70% of the planet, our subject matter is of a very global nature. SEA works very hard to reflect global diversity in everything we do. Whether it is the students we reach out to, the island nations we visit, or the international institutions we partner with, we strive to incorporate the vital energy of the world's diverse peoples into our programs. At SEA, we believe that the ocean doesn't separate us; it connects us.

Under a pioneering partnership with the other scientific institutions in Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee, SEA has created opportunities for students from all backgrounds to learn about the ocean. Those opportunities are realized through the Partnership Education Program (PEP), a multi-institutional effort to promote diversity in the Woods Hole scientific community. PEP provides fellowships for summer study and research internships and is designed primarily for college juniors and seniors who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. Other participating institutions include NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U. S. Geological Survey, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Woods Hole Research Center.

SEA is also committed to making SEA Semester a more diverse program. We have partnered with Diversity Abroad, the leading global education organization which targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities. DA’s mission is to ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access to, and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.

Finally, we have made generous amounts of financial aid available to ensure that all qualified and motivated students can afford to participate in SEA Semester. We offer a number of Diversification Merit Awards for students whose participation in SEA Semester will diversify the SEA community.

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