About COSEE Great Lakes

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences supports a network of coordinated centers that facilitate collaborations and communications between ocean science researchers and educators. These Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) foster the integration of ocean research into high quality educational materials, allow ocean researchers to gain a better understanding of educational organizations and pedagogy, provide educators with an enhanced capacity to understand and deliver high-quality educational programs in the ocean sciences, and provide material to the public that promotes a deeper understanding of the ocean and its influence on each person’s quality of life and our national prosperity.

In the 2005 Ocean Commission report, as in the field of Marine and Aquatic Education historically, the Great Lakes are included in discussions of ocean science and education.

Seven COSEEs were funded in 2002, and in 2005 three additional Centers were selected. COSEE Great Lakes is proud to assume a place in the national Network and is committed to providing for our Inland Seas the quality of programming by which the Network has become known.