Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities
Through the Minority Fellowship program, WHOI's aim is to provide promising students from underrepresented groups with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.
A research project is the heart of the Minority Fellowship experience. All Fellows are expected to work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results in one summer’s work. Project topics span a vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Field Station of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The summer season is kicked off each year with a thoughtful and intriguing presentation from a member of our scientific or technical staff at the Annual Summer Student Banquet. Fellows have many occasions to interact with current MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate students, from the Q&A session designed specifically for that purpose, to the Ethics in Science Workshop.
In addition, fellowship recipients have the opportunity to attend and participate in a busy schedule of talks, seminars and a hands-on, one-day, at-sea practicum cruise onboard the R/V Tioga focusing on data collection and sampling methods with advanced oceanographic technology and instruments. The cruise is especially designed for Fellows and not only provides practical training but also brings the group together socially through a shared field experience.
Although essentially the same program, the Minority Fellowship and Summer Student Fellowship have different admission qualifications. Minority Fellowships are awarded to minority undergraduates who are enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities, who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, and who have academic interests in physical or natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, or marine policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Through the Minority Fellowship program, WHOI's aim is to provide promising students from underrepresented groups with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. Minority groups included for consideration in this particular program include African American or Black; Asian American; Chicano, Mexican American, Puerto Rican and/or other Hispanic; Native American, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians. Minority Fellowships may be awarded for a ten- to twelve-week period in the summer or for a semester during the academic year, and may be renewed the following year.
Fellows are selected based on the applicant's previous academic and scientific achievements and promise as future ocean scientists or ocean engineers. Important consideration is given to matching each Fellow with an appropriate advisor on the Assistant, Associate or Senior Scientific Staff or a Senior Technical Staff member. The program is very competitive, with an average of about twelve percent of the applicants receiving awards. Decisions will be made in mid-March.
- Us Citizen
- Permanent Resident
Application materials and instructions are available at: http://www.whoi.edu/main/ssf/admissions.
In addition to the formal application form, the following are required:
- A current CV or resume that shows educational background and work experience;
- A current unofficial transcript, preferably a PDF document. (Note: An Official Transcript will be required from any applicant who receives a Summer Student Fellowship);
- At least three letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with an applicant's academic credentials (recommendation forms are available through the link on the website);
- A completed Course Record worksheet (within the application) listing undergraduate coursework by subject category, primary textbook used for each course, and the grade received for completing the course;
- A research statement, no longer than three double-spaced, typewritten pages, that addresses the following five questions:
- How would a summer of research at WHOI benefit your education and career plans?
- What skills do you expect to obtain from this research experience?
- What skills do you have that would make you a good researcher?
- Have you previously been involved in research projects as part of your classwork, a job or an internship? If so, what skills did you apply or gain from this experience?
- What areas of marine research are you interested in and why? You may refer to a specific lab at WHOI or a general area, see WHOI Areas of Research.
Please Note: Applicants must direct their reference writers to the References page on the website. References listed on a student's application will not be automatically contacted by the application server.
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