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Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean REU Efforts to Increase Minority Participation in the Ocean Sciences
 Students taking measurements in the field
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, site of the Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean REU, provides undergraduates the opportunity to develop skills conducting independent scientific research in lower trophic level oceanography using state of the art methods and research technologies. Our goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing graduate degrees in ocean science, with an emphasis on engaging Native Americans. We work directly with minority-serving institutions and organizations to meet this goal.

To date, 24 students have participated in the REU, with over 40% minority participation during the last two years. In August 2011, an external evaluator was hired to assess our first three years as an REU site; here we present an overview of our program and those evaluation results, focusing on the short and long-term impacts of the program on minority participants and their post-program academic and career paths. Effective strategies for recruiting and mentoring underrepresented students, as well as challenges faced in meeting our recruitment goals and lessons learned, will also be shared.

Presented by David M. Fields and Rebecca A. Fowler at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

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