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The Woods Hole
Diversity Initiative

A Summer Science Intern Program Designed to
Promote Diversity in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) is a 10-week program designed primarily for college juniors and seniors who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a four-week course and a six-to-ten week research project – all in the sea-side village of Woods Hole.

PEP was launched in 2009 by a consortium of institutions committed to increasing diversity in the Woods Hole science community. The 2019 program will run June 1 to August 9.

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Who is eligible

PEP is designed for college students, with priority given to rising juniors and seniors, majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, or geosciences and earth system sciences), engineering, mathematics or social sciences, who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or marine and/or environmental science.

What is offered

Students may receive four hours of academic credit through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, or with approval, through their own home institution. Housing will be provided. Participating students will have their tuition covered and will receive a stipend, room and board, and a travel allowance.

What PEP Can Do for Students

PEP students study, conduct research, and receive training in their areas of interest, working in labs with leading researchers in marine and environmental sciences. PEP provides a first-hand introduction to emerging issues and real-world training in the research skills students need to advance in science, either as graduate students or bachelors-level working scientists. The PEP experience is intended to provide students with an entry into the Woods Hole science community, one of the most vibrant marine and environmental research communities in the world.

What the Program Includes

PEP brings 15 students to the village for an integrated program of internships and course work. In 2019, the course will run June 3 through June 28. Additionally, PEP students are required to participate in seminars, workshops, a day-long at-sea experience, field trips, career development activities including the opportunity for informal interviews, and will attend occasional lectures at the participating science institutions throughout the summer.

The Course

The 2019 PEP course is “Ocean and Environmental Sciences: Global Climate Change.” The course will be framed with modules on different disciplines that include Physical Oceanography; Chemistry; Biology and Geology. The course will culminate in half-day classes on Ecosystems Management (including sociology, economics, public policy). All modules in the course are integrated in that each discipline addresses the theme of Global Climate change. The course is being taught by researchers from the participating institutions: NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U. S. Geological Survey; Sea Education Association, Marine Biological Laboratory; and Woods Hole Research Center. Four hours of credit will be awarded via UMES.

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The Internships

In addition to doing course work, each PEP participant will work on a research project at one of the Woods Hole science institutions. The projects employ some of the techniques and explore some of the issues presented in the course. Students will identify their preferred area of interest on their application, and we will make every effort to assign students projects that match their primary interests. At the end of the summer (on Friday, 9 August), students present results from their research in a 15-minute public presentation during a one-day PEP Symposium.


Housing is provided.

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Application Deadline

The deadline for completed PEP applications is now February 15, 2019.

We will announce the 2019 PEP class no later than March 15, 2019.

Contacting Us

For more information, contact the Academic Programs Coordinator, Kwanza Johnson (kwanza.johnson@noaa.gov or 508-495-2177); PEP Director, George Liles (George.liles@noaa.gov or 508-495- 2318); or Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, University of Maryland – Eastern Shore (pchigbu@umes.edu) or 410-621-3034.

Who We Are

The Partnership Education Program is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, a multi-institutional effort to promote diversity in the Woods Hole Science Community. Participating institutions are: NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U. S. Geological Survey, Sea Education Association, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Woods Hole Research Center. Our primary academic partner in PEP is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

PEP is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, a multi-institutional effort to promote diversity in the Woods Hole science community.