Join The Listserv
Signing up for the Marine Science listserv is the best way to be kept up to date on the comings and goings in William & Mary's Marine Science world. Students on the list will receive emails about upcoming events and lectures, course offerings, as well as volunteer and job opportunities. Those considering the minor are strongly encouraged to subscribe, but if you're not sure whether or not marine science is for you, the listserv can still be a great way to test the waters, so to speak. To start receiving listserv emails, contact John Allen ([[w|jdallen]]), Heather Macdonald ([[w|rhmacd]]), or Elizabeth Canuel ([[v|ecanuel]]).
Marine Science Society
Students interested in marine science, whether enrolled in the minor or not, are strongly encouraged to join the Marine Science Society (MSS), one of William & Mary's many student organizations. The Society is great for those that want to get more involved in marine science activities or anyone looking to meet students with similar interests. In past years the club has organized a beach picnic and a kayaking trip in addition to helping students gain volunteer experience in marine science. For more information visit the MSS Facebook page, and be on the lookout for events posted in Student Happenings!
Volunteer Opportunities at VIMS
VIMS graduate students and professors are often in need of volunteers to aid with lab and field work. This is an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience in a graduate research lab. Download a pdf of available Spring 2013 positions!
Students that are looking for research experience and are available for an entire summer (generally 10 weeks) should consider applying for an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. Programs are offered at many colleges and universities around the country (including locally at VIMS!) and give students an excellent opportunity to get involved with scientific research. REU interns are able to conduct their own summer-long research projects in many areas of the ocean sciences. This is a great way to gain 'real world' research experience as well as prepare for graduate school.
A complete list of internships can be found at the NSF website, and for more information about the REU program at VIMS visit the VIMS internship site.
Seminars at VIMS
Every semester various seminars and lectures are hosted on the VIMS campus. These cover a wide range of topics from the biological to chemical to physical sciences and are always interesting to attend. More information and lecture schedules can be found at the VIMS events page.