Coastal Carolina University's Department of Marine Science
host Marine Science for Junior Scholars, a two-week summer program for
42 rising ninth and 10th graders from throughout South Carolina, from
June 19 to 30. Participants will be housed in residence halls on the
The program, in its 11th year, is designed to help high school
students develop an appreciation and understanding of the coastal
environment and an awareness of marine-related issues currently facing
Class topics include: marine biological communities, marine and
salt marsh ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, sea level change and
beach erosion, geological cycles, marine chemistry, waves and coastal
currents, and coastal zone management and environmental issues.
In addition to classroom discussion, students will participate in
numerous field surveys of estuarine, beach and coastal environments;
collecting and studying open ocean samples aboard the Coastal II, the
university's 43-foot research vessel; and taking chemical and
biological laboratory analysis of samples collected in the field.
Students will conduct research at Huntington Beach State Park and
Waites Island, a pristine barrier island near Little River, S.C.
The program is designed for students who have been recognized as
Junior Scholars by the South Carolina State Department of Education.
Junior Scholars are chosen during their eighth-grade year based on
their high scholastic achievement.
Coastal's Marine Science for Junior Scholars program participants
are selected from the state's Junior Scholars based on a letter of
recommendation from one of their teachers and two essays written by the
students which describe their interest in the program and the
importance of the coastal environment.
For more information, contact Michelle Hardee, assistant director
of Marine Science for Junior Scholars, at 349-2920.