USA Tropical Marine Systems in the Bahamas
Students will learn about the biological chemistry and chemical ecology of tropical marine ecosystems through immersion in a coral reef system and their surrounding habitats located in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. The focus of the class will be to expose students to the importance of these systems, both economically and ecologically, and discuss topics related to marine benthic community dynamics, energy and natural toxin transfer through food webs, marine chemistry, chemical ecology and integrative processes in these environments. In addition, discussion of the problems these systems face along with marine ecosystem conservation will occur. Formal lectures will be accompanied by lab activities in the field designed to fully immerse students into the topics discussed in lecture. Furthermore, students will work together to develop a research question focused on chemical ecology and then design an experimental approach and execute research to answer the proposed question.
May 11 - May 25, 2019 (Work will be required prior to and after the trip.)
Accommodations and Meals:
On-site housing in dorms, apartments, hotels or similar accommodations. Daily meals.
Students may register for one class for four (4) credit hours awarded. Registration for classes will be handled on an individual basis in an effort to best meet the educational needs of the student.
BLY 490 (4 credit hours) - Special Topics: Exploring the Chemical Ecology of Tropical Marine Systems
MAS 590 (4 credit hours) - Special Topics: Exploring the Chemical Ecology of Tropical Marine Systems
Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
The cost of USA in the Bahamas will be $3299. USA Study Abroad Scholarships are available to USA students who submit an application and meet the minimum requirements. The first 10 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program. THIS IS THE STUDY ABROAD CONDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH JAGSPOT.
Additional funding is competitively available to further offset the personal cost of the program for USA and non-USA students. Students need to apply for additional funding through JagSpot (CiguaPIRE Study Abroad Scholarship).
The scholarship amount will be awarded based on the number of students that apply but will be no less than $1000 per student.
USA students are eligible for and may receive BOTH of the above scholarships!
Program costs include flights, all overseas transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers; accommodations; all daily meals; and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Participants should budget for personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel based on individual spending habits. Tuition for four (4) credit hours is included in the program cost and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.
Space is limited, and scholarship awards will be given on a competitive basis after evaluation of all applications. Applications review will evaluate interest, life experiences in addition to educational performance. All students must complete the full class to receive academic credit and scholarship funds which includes 1 week in class before and after the study abroad experience.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
A program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 22, 2019. Final payment deadline is April 8, 2019. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which is fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the application deadline of February 22, 2019.
Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Alison Robertson
Assistant Professor and Senior Marine Scientist
NSF PIRE Director
Dr. Molly M. Miller
PIRE Research Coordinator
Instructor, Dept. of Marine Sciences