In 1994, philanthropists John and Rosemary Galbraith started an endowment for a fellowship to support one student from Eckerd College each year as a summer research intern at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). In 2014, to recognize the support of the late George Wardman, an Eckerd College donor who for many years sat on the BIOS Board of Directors, the fellowship was re-named the Galbraith/Wardman Fellowship. The Galbraith/Wardman Fellowship covers all expenses associated with a 10-week internship at BIOS, including travel to Bermuda and a $2,000 stipend.
How to apply
Rising juniors, and seniors, currently enrolled at Eckerd College, are eligible and students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Students who meet the eligibility requirements should consult the list of mentors and potential research projects. Prior to submitting an application prospective interns are encouraged to contact potential BIOS mentors directly to discuss projects. Mentor contact details can be found using the links provided here.
Applicants should email a one-half page statement of research interests, unofficial transcripts, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (other than Siuda, Krediet or Meylan), a list of up to three projects that you would like to work on (from the list of potential projects) and an up-to-date CV to Professor Siuda on or before March 31. Applications from well-qualified Eckerd students will be forwarded to BIOS where final selection will depend, in part, on matching the research interests of the intern with those of BIOS Faculty members. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in April. This fellowship is open to Eckerd students only but its existence does not exclude Eckerd students from consideration for other BIOS internship programs.
Former Galbraith/Wardman Fellow
Ian Besse, a junior majoring in marine science, spent 10 weeks at BIOS as the 2017 Galbraith/Wardman Fellow. Mentored by Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Ian utilized innovative research methods to determine if the lionfish found locally are reproducing in the ocean’s mesophotic zone. Ian said of his internship, “For me, my time at BIOS was a confirmation that research science is what I want to do. I had thought about it before, but had never had a real opportunity to work as a scientist in a professional setting, and having the experience I did at BIOS this summer tells me that it is something I really do want to pursue."