Shoals Marine Lab Summer Research

The Shoals Marine Lab will resume limited operations in summer 2021 but will not be hosting undergraduate researchers until summer of 2022. Monitor the Shoals COVID-19 webpage for updates.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

The following apply to ALL UGAR programs:

  • Travel: updates to Dartmouth-sponsored travel policies went into effect April 19
     
    • Sponsored travel will be unrestricted within the U.S. for all vaccinated faculty, staff, and students.
    • Sponsored travel within New England is also unrestricted for individuals who are unvaccinated; however, they must apply for a travel exception to participate in Dartmouth-sponsored travel outside of New England and will need to quarantine before returning to campus.
    • For health and safety reasons and to facilitate support during emergencies, all Dartmouth-sponsored travelers are required to enter plans for domestic travel outside of New England into Dartmouth's updated travel registry. Further information is available here.
    • Currently, all international Dartmouth-sponsored travel still requires a travel exception. Note that UGAR may extend its ban on funding international travel even if students are granted a travel waiver.
    • Dartmouth continues to discourage all nonessential travel for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, given that, when people are on the move, so is the virus. More information regarding travel policies can be found here.
  • Campus access: undergraduates are permitted access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, only if they register for campus access (which requires partcipation in the COVID testing protocol). See the policy on undergraduate research for academic year 2021-2022.
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

Program description

Grants for students to work on projects at Shoals Marine Lab full time during the summer. The Lab is on Appledore Island off the coast of Maine and includes research facilities and classrooms in addition to living space for faculty, students, and staff. Students interested in the program should work with a Dartmouth faculty mentor to develop a research proposal in marine biology, sustainability, earth sciences, or environmental engineering. Faculty mentors are expected to be in frequent contact throughout the project and will travel to the island for several days during the summer. Small groups of students (2-3) have the option to submit a group proposal as some projects may be more appropriate for a team rather than an individual. Faculty who have supervised projects at Shoals include Professors Celia Chen and Mark Laidre from the Department of Biological Sciences.  

For an insider's perspective on research at Shoals Marine Lab, check out the DUJS article by Leah Valdes '18 and Professor Mark Laidre.

Listen to these interviews with Professor Mark Laidre and past and present members of the Laidre Lab. (Episodes 5 and 6 of the podcast series.)

Eligibility

  • Applications are accepted in winter term for summer research.
  • Grants are intended for current undergraduates. In some cases, applications may be considered from students who will graduate at the end of spring term. 
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the college and eligible to participate in college-sponsored programs. Students who are withdrawn from the college for summer term (medical or personal leave, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Students who have previously received funding through UGAR must be in good standing in that program in order to be considered for a grant (e.g. submitted all required paperwork and final reports).
  • If you have questions about your eligibility, contact UGAR prior to the application deadline.

Application deadline

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 29, 2020

Application checklist

* Before beginning your application, read the application do's and don'ts.

Note that all materials are submitted online:

  • Recommendation request form
    • When you submit the request form, your research mentor will receive an email with a link to the online recommendation form
  • Application form
    • Use only letters, numbers, and basic punctuation (e.g. periods and commas).  DO NOT use any special characters (e.g. dashes, quotation marks, tildes, umlauts, bullet points), tabs, or line breaks
    • Read the guidelines for writing an abstract BEFORE you begin the form
    • Click "submit form" when you have entered all information
    • When you submit the form, you will receive an automatic email. Save a copy of this email as it is confirmation of your application submission
  • Research proposal
    • 4-6 double-spaced pages (this page limit does not include references, additional figures, etc.) 
    • Read the guidelines for the written proposal before submitting
    • The proposal is submitted as part of the online application form
  • Recommendation from your faculty research mentor 
    • Be sure to follow up with your faculty research mentor to make sure s/he received the email with the link to the form and is aware of the application deadline