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December 12, 2002
Undergraduate Students to Present Results of Environmental Science Research at Symposium

WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend a day-long symposium featuring the research results of nineteen undergraduate students studying at the Marine Biological Laboratory's (MBL's) Semester in Environmental Science (SES) program.  The SES program is hosted by the MBL's Ecosystems Center.  The students will present the results of their independent research projects covering topics such as the effects of nitrogen loading in salt marshes and the agricultural impacts on fauna of Cape Cod's cranberry bogs.  The symposium will be held from 8:30 am -5:00 pm on Monday, December 16 in the Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole.

The goal of the SES program, now in its sixth year, is to help prepare the next generation of leaders in environmental science and policymaking. Virtually all of The Ecosystems Center's principal investigators and many of the support staff participate in the intensive 16-week program. Under the instruction of Center scientists, the students gain an interdisciplinary background in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems science and attend lectures focusing on biogeochemistry, ecosystems modeling, and global change.

In addition, students spend a significant amount of time in the laboratory and field—20 hours each week—investigating forests, ponds, and estuaries on Cape Cod. They also participate in a science writing workshop that teaches them how to communicate science to the public; and in the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series that features prominent research scientists from around the nation.

For some students, the completion of the SES program does not end their affiliation with the MBL.  To date, The Ecosystems Center has hired 15 SES graduates, either as summer research assistants, interns in the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, teaching assistants, or full-time research assistants.