Sea Education Association: Programs at Sea – Protecting the Phoenix Islands ( Summer )

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Sailing through one of the last coral wilderness areas on Earth, this program covers over 3000 nautical miles from Honolulu, Hawai’i, across the equator, through the waters of Kiribati, and finishes in Fiji. Our primary destination is near or in t... read more

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A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea – Protecting the Phoenix Islands ( Summer )
Obviously SEA taught me how to sail a tall ship, learn sailors knots, navigate using stars, and make repairs to sails. Through the independent research, I was also able to use new scientific instruments and data programs that I had no previous exposure to. I gained a feeling of independence and self accomplishment that I never w... - Stonehill College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of knowledge of marine science and policy, two things that are not super accessible at my home school. I had never been so involved in collecting scientific data before this program. It's corny, but SEA also teaches you so much about yourself, and for a lot of students on my program, it's not something that we'll ... - Williams College View Entire Review
It was life-changing, and I do not use the term lightly. I cannot wait until I get back out to sea. - University of Chicago View Entire Review
I learned to sail, to plan scientific research, to undergo scientific research, to handle expensive sampling equipment, to be able to work with different personalities, and to be confident in myself and my abilities. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned so much about sailing, nautical science, ocean policy, marine biology, and what it takes to live aboard a tall ship and work together with a group of people who are all part of the same mission. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review

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Sailing through one of the last coral wilderness areas on Earth, this program covers over 3000 nautical miles from Honolulu, Hawai’i, across the equator, through the waters of Kiribati, and finishes in Fiji. Our primary destination is near or in the Phoenix Islands Group of coral atolls. Students will conduct science and policy research that will assist recent changes in marine protected area development and monitoring in the equatorial Pacific. During a three-week shore component in the oceanographic community of Woods Hole, MA, where we tour the famous marine science facilities, students will conduct background research and develop a research project proposal. Transitioning to the sea component, students will learn to conduct science deployments and safely operate a 134-foot-long research sailing vessel on a voyage to the Phoenix Islands archipelago, culminating in project presentations at the conclusion of the program and an issue of our student magazine SEA Writer.



Community partnerships – Sea Education Association partners with Boston University’s Rotjan Lab, the Boston Aquarium, the Republic of Kiribati, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for various collaborations in the equatorial Pacific, including the Phoenix Islands Group. We will hear from officials and community members of Kiribati. At the start and end of the trip, we plan to meet with colleagues at the University of Hawai’i and those representing the US National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa.



Activities – Depending on the exact voyage track, which is subject to weather, pandemic conditions, and international policy decisions, students may participate in projects such as oceanographic drifter deployments, microplastic analysis, larval tuna sampling for biomonitoring, marine protected area research, ethnographic research, environmental history research, fishing effort monitoring, and other related activities. Students will explore the reef, lagoon and terrestrial environments of a variety of Pacific Atolls.


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Maritime Studies
  • Marine Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Public Policy Analysis
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
1971
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One award per year available to a deserving Journalism major.

$2,500

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Must be a Journalism major in good academic standing.

Our most prestigious award. One is available for each SEA Semester class (excluding the SEA Summer Session). Criteria are: Academic excellence, community service and leadership experience.

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April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Winter/Spring Semesters; February 1 for Summer Session

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Submit a one-page essay describing your background and elaborating on your educational experiences.

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$2,500

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Must be accepted to SEA Semester and attending a trimester or quarter college/university.

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$5,000

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One award is available per each SEA Semester class for a student from one of the five colleges in the "5-College Consortium" (Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hampshire College).

$5,000

Deadlines:
April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Spring Semesters

Guidelines/Requirements:
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If you learned about SEA Semester from an alumnus or alumna of our program, you may be eligible for this award.

Up to $2,500

Deadlines:
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One award per year is available to a resident of Canada participating in a SEA Semester.

Up to $5,000

Deadlines:
April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Spring Semesters

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must be a resident of Canada. Apply via SEA Semester's traditional financial aid application.

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