The physical and intellectual campus of ECIM is an internationally-acclaimed marine laboratory that is known for multidisciplinary research, education and outreach that is world-class. To help make ECIM available to PUC undergraduate students, ECIM offers hands-on educational opportunities that immerse students in our research team and projects during periods of summer and winter vacations. These experiences are intense – students undertake diverse activities (field, laboratory and “office” work) to obtain relevant research experience. The short experiences often focus on regular responsibilities / activities related to monitoring programs that provide opportunities to work in different labs and learn multiple skills and scientific approaches. Further, students may also obtain more in-depth experience to a particular topic by focusing majority or their time in a specific lab guided by an ECIM investigator. Students must participate in lab meetings, seminars, and discussion groups in order to see how science and research works “behind the scenes”. Participation in science and conservation outreach activities provides experience in effectively engaging a broader audience to expand scientific literacy and environmental stewardship.
The daily work schedule is variable, as much depends on the tides and biological clocks of study organisms – so it may be necessary to work weekends or nights.
During winter vacations – ECIM receives PUC students during two one-week sessions. While most students attend one session, some may be able to participate for a more extended experience (depending on space and availability of ECIM researchers).
During summer vacations – ECIM receives PUC students for a minimum stay of two weeks during a 3-week session in January. Extended stays beyond 3 weeks may be available and can be requested at time of application.
Students must be currently matriculated at PUC and have activated their student health and accident insurance.
How much does it Cost?
Costs for PUC students to participate in short hands-on practical experiences at ECIM are limited to subsidized fees related to ECIM’s on-site housing (if needed). No meals are provided. Access to the fully-equipped communal kitchen and dining facilities is restricted to ECIM residents. Click here for estimate of current housing costs and subsidies for PUC students.
How to Apply
Please submit a completed ECIM Application Form as an attachment to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list in the email subject line the students name and PUC. Acceptance decisions are based on ECIM availability, student’s academic performance and prior experience at ECIM. Preference will be given to PUC students of Marine Biology. We do our best to assure all PUC students have opportunity to participate at least once during their academic development. Many students return multiple times.
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