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	Students have the opportunity to particpate in a research cruise on board the UNOLS research vessel<em> Atlantic Explorer </em>as part of the Modern Observational Oceanography course.</p>

Students have the opportunity to particpate in a research cruise on board the UNOLS research vessel Atlantic Explorer as part of the Modern Observational Oceanography course.

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	Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course learn commonly used techniques to study benthic community structure at several reef types.</p>

Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course learn commonly used techniques to study benthic community structure at several reef types.

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	Students take a field trip to explore Bermuda's cave systems around Castle Harbour and Blue Hole Park.</p>

Students take a field trip to explore Bermuda's cave systems around Castle Harbour and Blue Hole Park.

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	Modern Observational Oceanography students gain hands-on experience of a glider deployment five miles off shore Bermuda.</p>

Modern Observational Oceanography students gain hands-on experience of a glider deployment five miles off shore Bermuda.

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	Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course perform video surveys, fish counts and macroalgae collections. Along with associated lab work, students study the benthic community structure of reefs in Bermuda.</p>

Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course perform video surveys, fish counts and macroalgae collections. Along with associated lab work, students study the benthic community structure of reefs in Bermuda.

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	Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course separate coral tissue from the skeleton to assess physiological changes during laboratory experiments.</p>

Students on the Coral Reef Ecology course separate coral tissue from the skeleton to assess physiological changes during laboratory experiments.

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	Marine Plankton Ecology students examine taxonomy, functional diversity and the roles that plankton play in marine food webs.</p>

Marine Plankton Ecology students examine taxonomy, functional diversity and the roles that plankton play in marine food webs.

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	Summer course lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in designated lecture rooms at BIOS. </p>

Summer course lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in designated lecture rooms at BIOS. 

Each summer, BIOS offers a suite of courses for both undergraduate and graduate students that capitalize upon the expertise of our faculty and visiting scientists. These courses, outlined below, provide many students the opportunity to study topics in marine science that might not be offered within the curricula of their home institutions. Each course comprises lectures, laboratory exercises, and complementary field components that build upon what is learned in the classroom.

To receive Summer Course announcements please send a request to education@bios.edu.

The following Summer Courses will be offered in 2023:

  • Research Diving Methods, June 26 - July 14
  • Tropical Marine Ecology, June 26 - July 14
  • Coral Reef Ecology: Functional Ecology of Coral Reefs, July 17 - August 4

Full details of 2023 Summer Courses and a link to the application form will be posted here when applications open.

Application Instructions & Scholarship Information

The Summer Course application form will be available here. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and required supporting documents is April 30. Late applications will be considered until the courses are full.

Summer course fees are $5,000 (which includes 3-weeks of tuition, campus accommodation and meals).

Partial scholarships are available to all applicants to assist with course fees. Scholarship funds do not cover travel expenses or medical/travel insurance. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the appropriate sections of the application form, including your statement of need.

All U.K. students (U.K. citizens and non-U.K. students attending a U.K. university/college) will automatically be considered for a U.K. Associates of BIOS scholarship. All Canadian students are likewise eligible for scholarship support from the Canadian Associates of BIOS.

Dalhousie University students may apply for scholarships to attend BIOS summer courses through the Dalhousie-BIOS Experiential Learning Fund; please contact the Head of the Dalhousie-BIOS Experiential Learning Fund Committee, Dr. Leanne Stevens (ADAScience@dal.ca), for further information and application instructions.

Please read the note about Course Dates and Academic Credit before making your travel plans. Foreign nationals traveling to Bermuda do not require an entry visa. However, proof of residency or a valid Multi Re-Entry Visa for the U.S.A., U.K., or Canada may be required for non-U.S./U.K./Canadian citizens, depending upon your country of origin. Please review Immigration Information to check the Bermuda Department of Immigration requests.

Please note that BIOS may cancel a summer course if there is insufficient enrollment.

Testimonials

“The course itself was exceptional and exceeded all of my expectations. The course was a perfect balance of lectures, lab work, and field work, and the instructors created a wonderful learning space, encouraging students to take charge while still providing guidance and expertise. Overall, this was a once in a life-time opportunity and one I will never forget.” Mackenzie Jones, Fleming College, 2022

“The experience has been widely enriching and very helpful to advance my career as a marine scientist.” Jonathan Jung, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, 2022

“The CRE course at BIOS was one of the most rewarding and interesting programs I have been a part of. The course content was engaging, and getting hands-on experience using the equipment I would be expected to use if pursuing a job in this field has really given me an advantage.” James Sneddon, University of Edinburgh, 2022