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Images: A Diversity of Geoscientists

Five students did research internships this summer at WHOI in the new Partnership Education Program (PEP) to encourage underrepresented groups into the fields of ocean and environmental sciences (left to right): Sanya Compton (Savannah State University), Zak Balmuth-Loris (Syracuse University), Adrienne George (Delaware State University), Shamgan Perkins (Savannah State University), and Melissa Pinard (Morgan State University).
(Photo courtesy of George Liles and Ambrose Jearld, Jr., NEFSC)

PEP student Shamgan Perkins (right) chats with Dr. Ambrose Jearld, Jr., director of the PEP program and education coordinator at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

PEP student Melissa Pinard talks with George Liles, director of the Woods Hole Aquarium and PEP program coordinator, at the Sea Education Association campus on the day students gave their final presentations. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Adrienne George, a recent graduate of Delaware State University, interned this summer in WHOI biologist Lauren Mullineaux's lab, identifying creatures collected at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. George will enter graduate school in biological oceanography this fall. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI geophysicist Jian Lin (left) helped plan the 2009 PEP program, a collaboration of six Woods Hole science and education institutions. "Our workforce needs to reflect the U.S. demographic makeup," he said. He is seated next to WHOI engineer Sheri White at a meeting of the WHOI Diversity Committee. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)