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SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program

June 14, 2017

Welcome PEP students

Ben Harden, Assistant Professor of Oceanography, SEA PEP Course Director

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.

On the first day, the students introduced themselves to the SEA community and their research mentors with short presentations about their journey to PEP. This is a fantastic group of students who have clearly gone out of their way a their home institutions to undertake undergraduate research, not to mention those who have started their own not-for-profits and other community groups.

The four week course kicked off the following day when I lead the students in an exploration of the key physical properties of the ocean. We spent the week playing around with water, looking at how density affects the motion of water and how this can drive global circulation, a critical process for regulating our climate. It was a fun week and I’m looking forward to spending the summer with this engaged, self-motivated group.

The PEP students will take this blog series from here. They’ll let you know what they are getting up to in the course and in their research once that kicks off as their summer continues.

- Ben

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