The MMC has a strong educational component. The MMC supports opportunities for graduate students interested in marine mammal conservation research to partner with WHOI advisors for thesis research. In addition, the MMC supports opportunities for undergraduates and K-12 education in marine mammal research and conservation, including informal learning.
WHOI - Duke Fellowship
The WHOI Marine Mammal Center and the Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University announce a fellowship program for graduate students studying marine mammal science at either institution to apply to work in the lab of an advisor from the other institution for periods of 3-6 months.
The fellowship will support transportation and living expenses with the goal that fellows can work at the partner institution with no additional costs compared to working at their own institution. The student is expected as part of the application process to develop a proposal for a project that is approved by both their advisor and a faculty member at the other institution interested in sponsoring the fellow. As part of the application process, students must work with their academic advisor to contact a faculty member from the other institution. Faculty members who are interested in advising fellows under this program are listed below.
For PhD students, the project can either represent early exploratory research or can be part of ongoing thesis research. For Duke Master’s students, the proposed research should be part of the Master’s project. Selection of fellows will be competitive; selection of successful applications will be based upon the academic merit of the student and the project along with the fit with the advisor from the other institution. Preference will be given to projects that promise scientific progress on important conservation issues for marine mammals. Fellows accepted to participate in the program will receive funding for living and travel expenses.