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October 06, 2015

SEA Semester Invites Students for Voyage to Cuba & Caribbean

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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Surely you’ve read the latest news about changes in the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba. But did you know that we’ve been working during the past few months to offer future SEA Semester students the chance to return to this fascinating destination?

Pending government approval, students enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean for winter/spring term 2016 will make a port stop in Santiago de Cuba. The visit will be part of this broader comparative studies program, which gives students of all majors the chance to deepen their knowledge of cultural and environmental sustainability issues throughout the Caribbean.

There’s still space and financial aid available for this exciting program. Applications are due November 1.


September 30, 2015

Furman Focuses on Student’s Summer Hawaiian Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land”
by Erika Haavie, Furman University | Sept. 30, 2015

While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research project.

Read the full story.


September 29, 2015

SEA Semester Research Makes Top Marine Biology Papers List

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

We’re delighted to announce that a paper co-authored by SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography Dr. Deb Goodwin was named today to a list of Top Marine Biology Papers by PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal in biology, life sciences, and medicine.

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September 24, 2015

SEA Supports New England Ocean Protections

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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For the past 45 years, Sea Education Association (SEA) has worked to develop the next generations of ocean stewards, scholars, and leaders. On undergraduate SEA Semester voyages around the globe, we encourage our students not only to study the science under the surface, but also to understand the nuances of historic and cultural relationships between coastal communities and their local waters.

Safeguarding the health of our oceans for future generations is no simple matter, but we view smart policymaking as a key tool for preserving their rich heritages and regional identities. For example, in our Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program each spring, we have asked our students to devise recommendations for protecting the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean that may inform real-world plans.

Our latest foray into marine policy involves an ongoing debate near our own marine “backyard:” whether to grant permanent, holistic protections to the Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area along the southern New England coast.

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September 17, 2015

Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Jeff Wescott

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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For the 2015-16 school year, SEA Semester welcomes several new faculty to our roster. Periodically, we’ll introduce them to you on this blog.

First up: Meet Dr. Jeff Wescott, our new Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

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September 17, 2015

Vassar College Chronicles Summer 2015 Voyages

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“A Summer at Sea
by Larry Hertz, Vassar College | Sept. 17, 2015

Ben Lehr ‘16 honed his leadership skills this summer as a member of the crew of a 134-foot sailing ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Katie Hoots ’18 gained a greater understanding of what she calls “a sense of pride and love for the earth” during a five-week visit to Hawaii that included nearly two weeks at sea. Both Lehr and Hoots say their summer travels, organized by the Sea Education Association (SEA), were among the best experiences of their lives.

Read the full story.


September 16, 2015

Global Ocean Europe Student Spotlighted by Stonehill College

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Setting Sail: Oscar Tsao ’17 to Spend Semester At Sea”
Stonehill College | Sept. 16, 2015

At the end of the month, Stonehill’s Oscar Tsao ’17 will embark on a sailing adventure to Spain and Portugal through the highly competitive Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester Study Abroad Program. One of 14 students selected for SEA’s “Global Ocean” voyage, Tsao will be investigating the human impacts on the ocean throughout his six week’s at sea on the SSV Corwith Cramer, a state-of-the-art 134 brigantine.

As an international business major, the decision to take part in a program focused on environmental issues may seem unorthodox but to Tsao, that was exactly the point.

Read the full story.


September 02, 2015

George Washington Features Transatlantic Crossing Student

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“GW Student Learns to Lead on the High Seas”
by Brittany Dunkins, George Washington University | Sept. 2, 2015

This summer, while George Washington University student Joseph Sitzmann’s classmates were toiling in cubicles in Midtown Manhattan and downtown D.C., Mr. Sitzmann was more than 60 feet above the Atlantic Ocean clinging to the mast of a 134-foot sailboat bound for Ireland.

He had been working up to the feat for nearly five weeks as a crewmember and student in the SEA Semester program, an academic summer excursion designed to teach students leadership skills through a trans-Atlantic voyage on a working sailboat.

Read the full story.


August 31, 2015

Stony Brook University Chronicles Student’s Transatlantic Crossing

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Sarah McTague ’18 Joined a Club, Made a Journey”
by Glenn Jochum, Stony Brook University | Aug. 31, 2015

Joining one of the more than 400 student clubs or organizations at Stony Brook can lead to unexpected journeys. For Sarah McTague ’18, membership in the marine science club sent her all the way across the ocean.

Through the club, the Averill Park, New York, marine science major heard about a Sea Education Association program called SEA Semester, which gave her the opportunity to earn four college credits while making a 3,300-nautical-mile transatlantic crossing in a research vessel – all the way from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to Cork, Ireland.

Read the full story.


August 27, 2015

Wesleyan University interviews student on Hawaiian voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Ramos ’16 Studies Oceanography, Marine Policy in Hawaii”
by Lauren Rubenstein, Wesleyan University | Aug. 27, 2015

Q: This summer you did a SEA Semester program, “Aloha ‘Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands.” How did you become involved in the program?

A: I learned about the program from another Wesleyan student who had done it a few years ago. As a biology and E&ES double major, it sounded like it was right up my alley! At the time, I was thinking about how I was going to apply my studies—what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. This seemed like a good opportunity to explore new options.

SEA Semester does programs at sea all over the world. This summer just happened to be the trip to Hawaii, and I was very excited to go there! I also didn’t want to miss out on a whole semester on campus at Wesleyan, so this worked out well in that it was just five weeks in the summer.

Read the full story here.


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