Marine Science Distinguished Scholars
The Marine Science Distinguished Scholars program is a selective, small group experience for incoming freshmen. The program is planned and organized by faculty within the Shannon Point Marine Center, who will work closely with students throughout the duration of the yearlong program.
Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) educates leaders in science, education, policy, and marine stewardship through experiential learning. SPMC is located on Pacific Northwest coastal waters in beautiful Anacortes on a 78-acre campus largely covered in lowland forest and distinguished by some 3,000 feet of undisturbed beachfront – offering students a serene environment to pursue interdisciplinary studies while learning from expert faculty in a respectful, inclusive, empowering, and immersive setting. The local marine environment is characterized by a wide variety of habitat types that in turn support a rich diversity of marine life.
The Marine Habitat Diversity course (Biology 110, 4 credits) blends hands-on learning, a small seminar environment and early exposure to research. Spend your first two weeks prior to fall quarter living and studying at the Shannon Point Marine Center where you will experience the biological and physical aspects of the marine environment, work on our research vessels to gather oceanographic data, and interact with marine life. The course continues during the regular fall quarter meeting weekly to analyze and present the data collected.
Note: a housing and dining fee of $400 is required to participate in this program.
- Living and learning at the Shannon Point Marine Center, for two weeks of hands-on course work prior to the start of your first Fall Quarter at Western (Biology 110) that begins prior to the start of your first Fall Quarter at Western and continues through Fall Quarter
- Exclusive registration for a special series of 1-credit seminars addressing contemporary issues, such as pollution, global climate change, and sustainable fisheries
- Close involvement with marine scientists from the Shannon Point Marine Center who instruct courses for the Marine Science Scholars Program
- Interaction with invited professionals from a variety of marine science career tracks
- Staying informed on how to get involved with marine science and conservation through internships, research and outreach opportunities, and lectures
Applying and Eligibility
You may only apply to and be considered for one Distinguished Scholars program. To be considered, you must be an incoming freshman admitted for fall quarter and have a strong academic record – transfer students and current Western students are not eligible.
Up to 21 incoming freshmen are selected each year to participate in the Marine Science Distinguished Scholars program. Selection is based on academic excellence, on the goal of creating a diverse cohort of students representing a broad array of experience in Marine Science. Eligible students have demonstrated academic excellence and experience and/or interest in areas of marine science. Preference is given to students who have completed chemistry and biology in high school.
Marine Science Distinguished Scholar Program Application
Please review the information you provide carefully before submitting your application. You must apply by February 28, 2018, and you will be notified of the status of your application by email on March 14. Please contact Ivy.Donelson@wwu.edu with any questions.