The Bermuda Program offers a unique opportunity for Bermudian students, ages 18 and older, to broaden their knowledge of marine and atmospheric sciences and learn about the daily operations of an active research station. Since 1976 more than 150 young Bermudians have taken part in this exciting program, with many applying their summer experiences toward further university studies. Beyond that, some Bermuda Program graduates have successfully translated their summer internships into employment opportunities at BIOS and other related organizations in Bermuda.
Program Requirements and Schedule
A handful of budding scientists are selected each year to receive paid fellowships (stipend plus laboratory expenses) that allow them to work on a specific project of interest alongside BIOS scientists in both field and laboratory settings. The internships run full time (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) for 8 or 4 weeks during the summer and include opportunities for participants to present their research in a traditional academic seminar. If selected, you’ll be placed with a faculty mentor who'll work with you to set the 8-week or 4-week internship period that works best for both of your schedules.
Prerequisites for acceptance into the Bermuda Program are:
There are no academic prerequisites to receive this fellowship and each application is given equal weight. However, faculty tend to select students who already have considerable laboratory experience in their field, possibly through previous BIOS programs. Please note: at the request of sponsors, the Bermuda Program is only open to Bermudians and Bermuda permanent residents (PRC). Non-Bermudians interested in similar experiences are encouraged to consider Research Internships.
You can find the 2018 Bermuda Program application form here. Depending on which version of Adobe you are using, you may be able to download these forms (save them to your desktop), fill them out on your computer, save them, and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those with older versions of Adobe, it may be easiest to print the forms, fill them out, then scan and email them. The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 1, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2018.
Academic Credit for BIOS Internships
Students can receive academic credit for participating in summer courses and/or internships at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). We suggest you start planning early if you are seeking academic credit. The following steps may be useful:
- Speak to your advisor, department head, study abroad coordinator, or internship office at your home university about setting up an independent program that will provide you with unique educational benefits.
- Obtain a copy of all related information from the BIOS website (e.g., course syllabus) about the program in which you will participate. Bring this information when you meet with your academic advisor, department head, or study abroad coordinator. Work with your academic advisor to ensure that your proposal meets your school's academic requirements.
- Upon request, BIOS will provide you with a signed certificate of completion that you may submit to your school. The certificate will identify the course or project title, the instructor or principal investigator, location, dates, and will describe the type of course material that was covered and/or the type of research you conducted as part of your internship.
- Submit all completed documentation to your advisor when you finish your Bermuda visit. Make sure the final documentation is filed with your department, study abroad office, or internship program.
In Their Own Words
“The Bermuda Program provided me with a valuable opportunity to start my undergraduate dissertation project on microplastics on Bermuda's beaches before most of my university peers. I was able to collect sand samples on our local beaches to determine the overall distribution on the shoreline and further analyze those samples at Plymouth University for polymer types and potential biological impact. As a Bermudian, conducting the work in Bermuda put a very personal perspective on the entire study and helped distinguish it from the other studies of my classmates. The transferable skills I was able to refine and the data collection I accomplished with the Bermuda Program was a vital factor in the 1st Class mark I received on my dissertation and the 1st Class designation I achieved for my BSc Environmental Science.” Shane Antonition, 2017
“The Bermuda Program not only has raised me into the marine biologist that I am, but has also allowed me to excel and complete research for my Master's dissertation on a topic that I am very passionate about. I have learned so much from my years at BIOS that is impossible to learn at university. The Bermuda Program is extremely important for passionate young Bermudians like myself to complete their degrees with projects they care about. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for important data sets to be collected and time-series to be compiled over the years which benefits our understanding of the local changes in our waters.” Phoebe Barboza, 2017