Monarch research by Erickson Smith ’15Monarch research by Erickson Smith ’15 Credit: Erickson Smith and Bruce Connery (NPS)Intensive field-based projects are an important part of the COA curriculum and continuously drive students toward interactions with the greater community. Several of theses projects will be highlighted on Tuesday, October 13, during the fifth annual COA Science Symposium.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Gates Community Center, students will present on internships, research, and other jobs and projects that have a component of science research, education, or policy.

A showcase of opportunity

“The main audience is your fellow students.  We invite local people that students have worked with and a few local groups that we work with, but we don’t record the talks and don’t advertise it beyond those groups. The focus is on how you came to the work, something about the work, and where it is leading,”  said marine ecology professor Chris Petersen.

“This is a symposium by and fundamentally for students.” - Chris Petersen

The symposium gives students a great opportunity to see what their peers are working on and find connections and opportunities they may not have known about before. 

“One major goal is to show and encourage younger students to go for internships and opportunities, and for students to talk about how they got their opportunities. We will also put together a list of research opportunities from COA faculty as well as other mostly local opportunities as a PDF that we publish at the same time,” Petersen said.

Petersen encourages any and all students who did summer work related to science to come and share their experience with the community. Interested students can contact Chris Petersen, Marina Cucuzza, or Ian Medeiros.