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June 29, 2017

Graduation Ceremony Away From Home

Craig Dawes, NYC College of Technology

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When I found out I got accepted into the PEP program I was ecstatic. However, I was graduating from college on the same day that I was scheduled to depart NYC for Woods Hole. I felt like all my hard-work was for nothing and went unnoticed. A few weeks into the program I was surprised by my PEP colleagues who planned a graduation ceremony for me.

June 28, 2017

Inverts, microscopes and vents! Oh my!

Deborah Leopo, University of California, Santa Cruz

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I could feel my hands getting clammy as I got off the Peter Pan bus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It was 9:30 PM and in a couple minutes, I was going to be greeted by Dr. Adrienne George.  While waiting for Dr. George, I was lucky to have met another PEP student, Lynnette. Lynette and I were both from the UC system and we both knew what an honor it was to be selected into the Partnership Education Program. On our way to the SEA campus, I couldn’t help but smile.

June 27, 2017

PEP and Beyond

David Davis, Georgia State University

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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.

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June 26, 2017

Inspiring Adventure

Kayla-Marie Jones, Tuskegee University

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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!

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June 23, 2017

Gloucester By The Sea

Victoria Roberson, Auburn University

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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.

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June 22, 2017

Awesome Surprises

Adrynne Jones, Eastern Michigan University

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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.

June 21, 2017


Cari Harris, Morgan State University

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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.

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June 20, 2017

My PEP Experience so far

Elizabeth Smith, Spelman College

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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.

June 19, 2017

Expectations vs Reality

Matthew Durst-Scarlett, Fort Valley State University

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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.

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June 16, 2017

Measuring Forest Biomass

Franklina Yeboah, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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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.

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