Located along the shoreline of picturesque Bogue Sound in Morehead City, North Carolina, NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is a coastal and marine science research, outreach and educational facility.
CMAST’s principal mission is to discover innovative solutions to questions and problems in marine systems and provide effective communication of these discoveries.
Established in 1997, the 52,000 ft CMAST facility hosts faculty, staff and students from three colleges and six departments, as well as staff from NC State University’s Science House for Educational Outreach, and the NC Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation for Economic Development.
CMAST directly interfaces with a unique coastal and near-ocean environment – the Croatan-Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System; this area is the largest lagoonal-type estuary and the second largest estuary in the U.S, and has close proximity to the Gulf Stream and unique coastal shelf habitats.
Situated on the Carteret Community College campus, CMAST is within short walking distance of the UNC Institute of Marine Science and the NC Division of Marine Fisheries headquarters, and is within five miles of the Duke Marine Lab, NOAA, the NC Maritime Museum, and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
In addition the NCSU faculty and graduate students working directly at the CMAST facility, there are over 45 marine science faculty from 12 departments at NC State University that are affiliated with CMAST. Faculty and professionals at NC Sea Grant, Carteret County Cooperative Extension, and Caretert Community College are also housed at the CMAST facillity, affording opportunities for even greater integrated research and outreach.
CMAST Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness
The Center for Marine Sciences & Technology (CMAST) is committed to ensuring a welcoming
and inclusive environment for all. CMAST strongly condemns racism and institutionalized racial
violence and stands in solidarity with marginalized groups and movements seeking to confront
them. We will continue to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment at CMAST. We
commit to fostering and growing a CMAST community that reflects the rich diversity of our
As part of this commitment, we taking the following actions:
- Recruit and support diverse faculty, researchers, staff and students;
- Target minority applicants for some of our CMAST Summer Fellowships for
- Partner with the NC State/ College Agricultural and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and
Inclusion to offer their CAALS-3D education/outreach program to minority high school
students in Carteret County.
- Pursue and make available training to address racism and implicit bias, end harassment,
and implement bystander intervention;
- Amplify the voices of historically-marginalized groups in STEM via seminars and other
available platforms and resources.
- Create an environment in which all members of CMAST recognize and act upon our
shared responsibility to report abusive or hostile behavior when witnessed, and to support
those who experience and/or report such behavior;
- Stay fully informed of campus policies and reporting mechanisms to combat
discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and retaliation to ensure such campus policies
are followed at CMAST.
- ? Promote the success of and provide encouragement to all members of the CMAST
community to fully integrate students, staff and faculty from historically-marginalized
groups into the life and work of the center.
We are undertaking this commitment together to ensure a strong and inclusive community.
David Eggleston, Professor and CMAST Director
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