Whitney summer interns

Above: Whitney summer interns: (left to right) Sarah Lieser, Viterbo University; Cristina Gaddie, Florida State University; Ryan Renacci, University of Notre Dame; Kyle Jennette, Flagler College; Julia Olszewski, Brown University; Meghan Franco, Arizona State University; David Cantu, University of Florida; Alexander Parker, Albion College; Ramsha Kudia, University of Florida.

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Busy Summer Ahead for Whitney Trainees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In early June, undergraduates from across the country arrived at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience to participate in the Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates training program. This competitive program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, has been ongoing at the Whitney Laboratory for 23 years. It brings undergraduate science students to Whitney for 11 weeks during the summer to be actively involved in research and, thereby, explore scientific research as a career option. This year’s students are from colleges and universities in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

In addition to conducting original research under the mentorship Whitney Laboratory’s faculty members, students participate in workshops on scientific ethics, communication and statistics, and they visit with graduate departments on the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida to gain insights on how to apply for graduate school. They also participate in field trips to Florida’s diverse aquatic ecosystems including the Florida Keys, inland freshwater springs, the Gulf coast at Cedar Key and local beaches and marshes.

The culminating event of their summer experience is an Undergraduate Research Symposium during which they describe the results of their summer research in oral and poster presentations. Based on these presentations, one student is awarded an all expense paid trip to the national Sigma Xi undergraduate research conference.  Often the work conducted by these students wins them co-authorship on major publications.

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a biomedical and biotechnology research institute of the University of Florida. It is made up of ten different internal labs that use marine organisms for basic biological research that can be applied to human health, natural resources, and the environment. The Lab provides training for future experimental biologists, educational programs for kindergarten through university level students, and monthly lectures for the general public. It is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, on the border of Flagler and St. Johns counties. To learn more about the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience visit their website at www.whitney.ufl.edu.



Eric Ford, eford@astro.ufl.edu, 352-392-2052


Knicole Colón , knicole@astro.ufl.edu, 352-392-2052


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