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Geology instructor Kaatje Kraft and student spend week aboard oceanographic research vessel
Faculty and students part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program.
Whatcom geology instructor Kaatje Kraft and student Kat O’Connor spent a week this summer aboard an oceanographic research vessel as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program. The National Science Foundation-funded project aims to provide ship-based experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Students sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities.
Over 800 students applied for this program with only 30 spots available. “We had students who had never seen any ocean before, who had never been on a boat before, never seen the Milky Way,” Kraft said. "To be able to bring science alive for these students was a gift."