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CMAST Offers New Summer Program for Local High School Students

North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is
hosting a five-day summer research experience for rising 11th and 12th grade Carteret County high school students.

The program, called Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs, and Discoveries (CMAST-CAALS 3-D), will be held from July 18-22. Participating students will spend a week at the CMAST facility in Morehead City carrying out one of several research projects, working closely with faculty and graduate student mentors.

CMAST CAALS-3D has been hosted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) for the past ten years. According to program coordinator, Matt Damiano, “Our focus expands beyond the disciplines offered by CALS, which includes fisheries science, conservation biology, to fields such as community ecology through the College of Sciences, and marine mammal biology/strandings and shellfish pathology through the College of Veterinary Medicine.” Damiano also says the goal of this program is to introduce underrepresented minority students with interests in math, biology, and science in general to the marine sciences.

Interested students need to apply at this link and submit a teacher recommendation via this link. We highly recommend applying as soon as possible to participate in your first project choice. Selected students will be notified by July 15th. Prior experience with marine science is not required, and although we prefer a competitive GPA, we strongly encourage any highly motivated student to apply. The program is free, and lunch will be provided each day.