SEA Currents: News
November 21, 2019
SEA Semester Helps UVA Student Define Goals
SEA Semester in the NEWS
"Tall Ship Experience Helps Student Navigate Her Future"
By Fariss Samarrai
Katherine Webber, a third-year environmental sciences major at the University of Virginia minoring in global sustainability, recently completed a six-week learning adventure aboard a tall ship research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, in the South Pacific. She conducted field research for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on a newly formed volcanic island, collected ocean data while at sea, and learned about Polynesian culture.
The program, called SEA Semester, is a study-abroad program run by Sea Education Association, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Webber and several other students from U.S. colleges boarded the 134-foot brigantine on Sept. 24 in American Samoa. The ship served as their home, classroom and laboratory as they voyaged to New Zealand, with field research stops in Tonga and Fiji. The students also sailed and navigated the ship under the guidance of a professional crew.