Session 1: July 20 - 26 Session 2: July 27 - August 2
Our classrooms are the dynamic, thriving marine environments of the southern New England coast. Summer Marine Program students will learn about coastal ecosystems, food webs, productivity of the sea, plants and animals in the coastal zone, current events in marine biology and much more.
Field excursions will help unlock the excitement and fun of marine biology:
Field trips are complemented by challenging laboratory demonstrations and experiments.
Typical topics include:
Recognized experts will present guest seminars on current topics in marine biology. Previous presentations have included:
The Rhode Island coast is an outstanding location for marine science education. Within a short boat ride or drive are perhaps the best examples of rocky intertidal, tidal pool, salt pond and barrier beach habitats on the US east coast.
The Summer Marine Biology Field Studies Program uses the state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities of the Marine and Natural Sciences Building. Students will conduct laboratory studies in a modern 3000 sq. ft. wet lab with flowing seawater. A Learning Platform that extends 200 ft. into Mt. Hope Bay supports many other program activities. Research vessels are available for field explorations and sampling.
Summer Field Program students reside, double occupancy, in a contemporary, waterside residence hall. Meals are served in our modern, campus dining center. Recreation facilities are available for after-hours relaxation.
Individual attention from RWU faculty and staff are a hallmark of our program. Enrollment is limited to 18 per session, ensuring each student is fully challenged.
Outstanding current Roger Williams University marine biology students serve as Resident Staff. Students are supervised 24 hours per day.
The scenic, 140 acre waterfront campus is located in the historic seaport town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Roger Williams University offers a wide range of liberal arts majors including an exceptional program in Marine Biology and professional programs in architecture, business, education, engineering, historic preservation, justice studies and law.
Athletic options, numerous clubs and organizations, and community-enrichment opportunities enhance the experiences of students who come to the University from across the country and throughout the world to explore, learn and to succeed.
Enthusiastic high school students aged 14 and up with an interest in the aquatic sciences and who have completed at least one high school biology course are invited to attend our program.
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