Academics at SPMC
Programs and Courses for Undergraduates
The Shannon Point Marine Center hosts two undergraduate programs that are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the winter/spring quarter Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation (MIMSUP) and the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. These programs are open to all citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Students participating in these programs will receive a stipend, housing at the Shannon Point Marine Center, and a travel allowance.
The Marine Center also hosts numerous marine science undergraduate and graduate level courses for Western Washington University students that emphasize hands-on learning through field trips and student research projects. These courses are taught by WWU faculty and staff from Shannon Point, the Biology Department and Huxley College.
Students interested in pursuing undergraduate study in Marine Sciences at Western Washington University should review information about the Marine Science Program.
The Marine and Estuarine Science Program (MESP) offered by Western Washington University is a high-quality research-oriented program of studies in the marine sciences. Students in the program apply to and are admitted through either the Biology Department or the Huxley College of the Environment. Students participating in the program will submit a thesis based on original and independent research on a problem approved by the student's thesis committee. Students typically complete the program in two to three years and are awarded a Master's of Science degree.
SPMC serves a consortium of public institutions in Washington State that include Skagit Valley, Edmonds, and Everett Community Colleges. Consortium members have guaranteed access to SPMC facilities for teaching marine-oriented classes on a space-available basis. Special programs operated for consortium members include weekend field trips in the Fall and information about transferring to Western Washington University from community colleges for students interested in pursuing marine science. Consortium members interested in scheduling the use of the SPMC facilities should contact Gene McKeen.
K-12 Science Support
Since 1995, SPMC has been providing assistance to local schools through a work-study component of the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP). MIMSUP students earn their work-study stipends by providing lessons to local 2nd and 4th graders in marine science topics. SPMC is also working with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/NOAA) to implement programs for middle and high school science teachers from regional schools with high populations of minority students.
The Marine Center also sponsors a Marine Biology Club in Anacortes High School and has assisted with the development of general public and K-12 educational programs in conjunction with the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve (SHIP).