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For Duke undergraduate students, Duke Financial Aid applies at the Marine Lab. Talk to your Financial Aid Advisor for specific information. Also, see the section of Duke's Financial Aid website that pertains to the Marine Lab for answers to many frequently asked questions. 

Scholarships in Marine Science

For Non-Duke students - Fall Semester

The Duke University Marine Lab is pleased to offer scholarships for two non-Duke undergraduates for the fall semester covering tuition & fees, room & board, books, travel to Beaufort, and full support for participation in a Beaufort Signature Travel Course.

Undergraduate scholars enroll in four Duke courses of their choosing taught in Beaufort, where there is emphasis on the biology and physiology of marine organisms, marine molecular biology, marine policy, and coastal socio-ecological issues. Browse Marine Lab courses for undergraduates > 

Deadline, Eligibility and Application instructions

Deadline

  • March 1, 2020

Notification of awards will be made by 16 March 2020.

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in college (non-Duke)
  • A U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa

Other factors considered in the evaluation process include whether an applicant:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in marine science;
  • Has demonstrated interest in marine science and its impact on society;
  • Anticipates pursuing an advanced degree in marine science;
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

To Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  1. Personal essay: How has your heritage made a difference in your life? How might it resonate in your work in marine science? How will a semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory benefit your career goals?
  2. Resume
  3. Two academic letters of recommendation (emailed letters are acceptable)
  4. Official transcript
  5. Undergraduate Scholarship Application (PDF)

Please submit your personal essay, resume, and application together in one email. Your transcript and letters of recommendation may arrive separately. Send the application materials via one of the following:

  • Email to katie.wood@duke.edu
  • Mail to Duke Marine Lab Enrollment Office, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

Questions

For additional information, contact:
Katie Wood
katie.wood@duke.edu
252-504-7586

 

Residential Advisor Positions

Semester & Summer

The Duke Marine Lab is seeking two Residential Advisors (RAs) for each academic term (fall, spring, summer I, summer II). The two co-RAs will share duties equally and trade off on-call time. The co-RAs will each receive a 60% reduction on room and board as payment for their services.

Deadlines, Expectations & Application Instructions

Deadlines

  • Fall application deadline: 23 July
  • Spring application deadline: 2 November
  • Summer Term I & II application deadline: 1 April

Expectations

The RAs must be enrolled at the Duke Marine Lab and are expected to live on campus and be available at times when faculty and staff are not present, i.e., primarily nights and weekends. The role of the RA is that of an advisor to the undergraduate students in matters of student life and emergencies. The RAs will assist in planning and implementing co-curricular activities on campus. In addition, the RAs will organize a Residential Council of students, and will serve on that Council.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  1. A statement summarizing your skills and qualifications for the position. Tell us why you think you’d be a good RA. If appropriate, specifically include examples of your experience planning events, coordinating volunteers, handling difficult or stressful situations, and serving in leadership roles.
    • Spring applicants: Please note what travel courses you plan to take in your statement.
    • Summer applicants: Please note whether you plan to be at the Marine Lab for Summer Term I, II or both terms.
  2. Two non-academic letters of recommendation from persons who have personal knowledge of you (professionals not your peers). Letters should address your interpersonal skills, ability to deal with crises, creativity, etc.

Submit your materials to Park Watson, park.watson@duke.edu by the deadline. All applicants will be considered equally for the co-RA positions.

Questions

For additional information, contact:
Park Watson
park.watson@duke.edu
252-504-7531

 

Bookhout Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Terms I & II

The Bookhout Research Scholarship is offered for students interested in research related to the invertebrate zoology of marine animals. Support includes a full tuition scholarship to take research independent study during one summer term (Summer Term I or Summer Term II).

Deadline, Requirements & Application Instructions

Deadline

  • 22 March

Successful applicants will be notified of their award status shortly after the deadline date.

Requirements

The only requirement for the research project is that it involves some aspect of the biology of invertebrate animals. The scholarship recipients will be assigned to a faculty sponsor based upon their stated interests or the recipients may request a specific faculty advisor.

Students are eligible to receive only one scholarship for one course per summer. For example: Students will not be awarded a scholarship for a course in both summer term I and summer term II.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  1. A brief personal statement
  2. A transcript of college grades
  3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s college work.

Send the application materials via one of the following:

Questions

For additional information, contact:
Gwendy Womble
gwendolyn.womble@duke.edu
252-504-7502

 

Summer Tuition Scholarships

Summer Terms I & II

Duke Marine Lab Summer Tuition Scholarships are available to all Duke or non-Duke undergraduates, post baccalaureates or graduates (including foreign) enrolled in marine science summer courses.

Deadline, Criteria & Application Instructions

Deadline

  • 22 March

All scholarship applicants will be notified of their award status shortly after the deadline.

Criteria & Eligibility

The criteria used in review of scholarship applicants are academic excellence, scope of preparation, professional goals and need. The precondition for review of a scholarship application is enrollment in a specific summer course.

Students on Duke Financial Aid should check with their financial advisor before applying for a scholarship from the Marine Lab. If you already receive financial aid for the summer, a scholarship from the Marine Lab might not provide you with an additional benefit.

Students are eligible to receive only one scholarship for one course per summer. For example: Students will not be awarded a scholarship for a course in both summer term I and summer term II.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  1. A letter of recommendation from academic faculty*
  2. A brief personal statement, i.e., the reason for taking the particular course and demonstrate a need for the scholarship

Send the application materials via one of the following:

  • Email to gwendolyn.womble@duke.edu
  • Mail to: Duke Marine Lab Enrollment Office, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
  • Fax: 252-504-7648, attention: Gwendy Womble

*Your reference may email your recommendation letter directly to the Duke Marine Lab Enrollment Office; otherwise it must be submitted in a sealed/signed envelope.

Questions

For additional information, contact:
gwendolyn.womble@duke.edu
252-504-7502