2009 Marine Immersion Opportunities

A Scholarship Program from COSEE Great Lakes

In addition to its own sponsored workshops, COSEE Great Lakes has scholarship funds to assist some Great Lakes area teachers in learning about the oceans through experiences sponsored by regional institutions. The ocean education can occur on the Great Lakes or �salty� coastlines. For 2009, teachers may apply for a COSEE scholarship to one of the partner programs listed below. Scholarship award is contingent upon acceptance into the program of choice. Check each program for its application deadlines!

Like other COSEE Great Lakes funding, our support is limited to teachers of grades 4-10, informal educators, and pre-service teachers (with advisor approval). Practicing educators have priority. Minority teachers, or teachers of underserved students are strongly encouraged to apply for the scholarships. Application should be made to the selected program on the list below, then a copy sent to along with the Immersion application. It is possible to apply for more than one marine experience, but only one Marine Immersion scholarship will be awarded to a teacher. We expect to award 20 scholarships in 2009. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 17, 2009.


Marine Immersion Programs supported for 2009

Tropical Marine Ecology
August 1-8, 2009
Blog: http://tme09.blogspot.com
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
The 2009 COSEE GL Tropical Marine Ecology course will take place at the "Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences" (RIMS) from August 1-8, 2009. After the success of the 2008 course, RIMS will once again host this educational trip. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, which belong to Honduras, in Central America, and is a world class dive and snorkel location known especially for invertebrates. Topics of study for the course include: coral reef fish and identification, coral reef ecology, coral identification, sea grass beds, mangroves, and rocky shore tidepools. Prices for the trip have not yet been finalized, but they will include a COSEE GL $500 scholarship for educators. Additional information and price notification can be obtained by contacting Helen Domske at .

F.T. Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie
3 graduate credits, quarter system

Learn and live on an island for a week! Apply for courses by March 23.

ENR 690: Global Change Education
June 14-20, 2009
Lake Erie, OH
Materials and methods for presenting interdisciplinary aspects of global climate change and its impacts on global and regional settings.
EARTHSCI 584: Principles of Oceanography for Educators
June 24-27, 2009
F.T. Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie
Origin, development, and structure of ocean basins and their contents; contemporary oceanic processes of geologic significance. Discussions of effective classroom presentations of oceanographic principles.
ENR 611: Great Lakes Education Workshop
July 12-18, 2009
Techniques and curricula for presenting interdisciplinary aspects of the oceans and Great Lakes in formal and nonformal education settings. Ready-to-use curriculum packages and background text by experts in the region.
EARTHSCI 583.03: Geologic Setting of Lake Erie
July 18-24, 2009
Lake Erie, OH
Examination of geologic features along the southern shore of Lake Erie during a week-long van trip, including an interpretation of the geologic history of Ohio in the Lake Erie basin, and an examination of relationships between human activity and the geology of the area. Class will originate from and end at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Shedd Aquarium Teacher Field Experience: Biology in the Bahamas
This is an immersive professional development program for educators to participate in scientific research while developing strategies to incorporate both marine content and biological concepts into their classroom. Application Deadline: February 28th, 2009.

Class Dates (Chicago, IL)
Pre-trip: June 27-July 2
Post-trip: August 10-12

Field Experience (Bahamas)
July 21-28
Hydrosphere in the Great Lakes
Grand Valley State University, July 27th through August 9th. First five days on campus with afternoon local field work, followed by eight days in the field throughout northern Michigan including the Upper Peninsula. Contact for information.
COSEE Southeast Teacher Exchange.
ONE teacher from the Great Lakes will be supported for participation in a weeklong workshop with COSEE Southeast. We pay our Marine Immersion scholarship toward your travel, and Southeast covers your expenses at the workshop. Choices for Southeast workshops are

2009 Coastal Legacy Workshop: Impacts of Growth and Development on Coastal Wetlands
June 15-20, 2009 at Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center, Waverly, GA

2009 Ocean Sciences Education Leadership Institute: As the World Turns (Warmer and Colder): Past, Present and Future Patterns of Climate Change
July 20 � 25, Baruch Marine Lab, Georgetown, SC

Read more about these programs and get application materials at www.cosee-se.org/teacher/?join=192
Michigan Tech Summer Institutes
June 15-19: Great Lakes Watershed Investigations
July 13-17: Global Change

For more information, contact Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or

Registration deadline Friday, May 15. Full payment due Friday, June 5.

Visit www.wupcenter.mtu.edu for brochures and application forms.

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Exploring the Link between Invasive Species & the Erie Canal
Spencerport, NY
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Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Huron
R/V Lake Guardian
July 18 – 24, 2009
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R/V Lake Guardian
February 16 – 27, 2009
Great Lakes ALIVE
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