[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] Ocean Experts Of Tomorrow Converging Today


Boca Raton, FL — Tomorrow's marine biologists and oceanic experts are converging today on a program at Florida Atlantic University.

Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will host 21 interns beginning today with the opportunity to carry out research projects in aquaculture, marine natural products chemistry, ocean engineering, coral reef ecology and marine biology. During the 10-week internship, each student will work with a Harbor Branch faculty mentor to devise, develop and complete an independent research or development project. At the end of this highly competitive internship, each intern will produce a written report and give an oral presentation before the Harbor Branch faculty.

Six FAU students are represented among the group that also includes students from the University of South Florida, Florida State University, Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Tennessee, Florida Institute of Technology, Bard University, Montclair State University, Silesian University of Technology, and Wageningen University. This year's interns include students from Bulgaria, Colombia, Netherlands, Poland and China.

Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Harbor Branch research professor and coordinator of the program, describes the internship as "a hands-on opportunity for students to work and learn alongside experienced professionals and `test drive' the career for which they are preparing themselves in college."

Now in its 39th year, the summer intern program is funded primarily by the Link Foundation, which was founded by Edwin A. Link and his wife, Marion C. Link. Edwin Link was the famed inventor of the flight simulator, holder of 27 patents, and central figure in Harbor Branch's early development. Through this foundation, the Links established the summer intern program to give young minds "an opportunity to develop their own genius."

Support for the program also comes from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation, which funds interns selected to work in the Harbor Branch drug discovery and biotechnology program. This year, the Barrows Family Charitable Fund joins these long-standing supporters by funding an internship. In another first for the program, Florida State University is sponsoring one of its own students to participate in the program.

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