SEA Currents: pep
July 05, 2017
My research is about validating aging methods for Lophius americanus. In order to do this I need to dissect them to remove their illicium, otoliths, and vertebral columns. The dissection room is located on the first floor of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center. It’s a clean room longer than it is wide with work benches along a windowed wall. We take the monkfish out of the specimen freezer (which is a brisk -10°C) the day before to thaw. One by one we lay the fish out on a measuring board to measure their total length. Then we weigh tem and place them back on the board to begin cutting.
July 04, 2017
Independence Day Parade
Today, I along with several of my PEP peers marched in the nerdiest Fourth of July Parade I have ever seen. First, let me give you a sampling of just a few of the groups that marched. The Grass lab wore grass skirts and marched with a giant tick made from an umbrella as they chanted “Ticks in the Grass!”. The spectroscopy group shouted “Electrons excite!” and then “Photons emit!” in an elaborate demonstration of how emission spectra are generated. One group marched with a gigantic sea urchin dome that was used to hide people dressed as gametes that would run out of the urchin when it “spawned”.
July 03, 2017
New Experiences in New Places
My name is Amber Durand, and I am a rising junior at Howard University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. In my quest to find a summer internship, I was very open to exploring the different branches of science. One afternoon, my mentor pulled me aside and encouraged me to apply to the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program. I had never heard of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, but after reviewing the program’s website and contacting the program director, I decided to apply. Having had no experience in ocean or environmental sciences, I was quite unsure about my standing in the application process.
June 30, 2017
I began my academic journey at a community college, then transferred to my dream school: University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a Marine Biology major. In fact, I just completed my first year! Before I transferred to UCSD, I presented my summer research with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference in Washington, DC. and PEP was there. Like many, I heard many noteworthy accomplishments about Woods Hole which initially intimidated me to walk past their table.
June 29, 2017
Graduation Ceremony Away From Home
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!
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
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.
June 26, 2017
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!
June 23, 2017
Gloucester By The Sea
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.
June 22, 2017
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.