Magazine article Oceanus

A Taste of Oceanography

Magazine article Oceanus

A Taste of Oceanography

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College breaks between fall and spring terms can last all of January, enough time for travel, courses, short internships, or work. For the past four years, a few undergraduate students have combined these at WHOI in the Ocean Research Experience (ORE) program, a pilot program that plunges them into ocean science for three to four weeks.

"In the four years of the program, we have brought 22 science students here from liberal arts colleges, none of whom had much prior exposure to ocean science," said Jim Yoder, WHOI vice president for academic programs and dean.

The program was supported by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, which were interested in providing science majors at liberal arts colleges a way to experience ocean science firsthand at a top-flight oceanographic research institution. This year's five students came from Oberlin, Skidmore, and Williams Colleges and DePauw University.

"Funding from the Davis Foundations was meant to last three years," said Yoder, "and we managed to extend it to four. …

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