Really cool summer job opportunity for Marine Bio alumni with teaching experience or graduate work

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is seeking Instructors and Teaching Assistants for courses being offered to highly gifted middle and high school students. The instructor is responsible for designing a course or using a Duke TIP syllabus to teach a course to a group of approximately 16-20 academically gifted students. The instructor position requires at least a year of graduate coursework and/or teaching experience with specific emphasis in the subject area, while the teaching assistant position requires completion of at least two years of undergraduate coursework.  Applications and other information about this paid, summer opportunity are available online at


Program Site / Location:

Duke University – Marine Lab / Beaufort, NC (June 11 – July 26)

New College of Florida  / Sarasota, FL (July 9 – July27)




Compensation: Stipend + Housing + Meals


Inquiries: Instructor— David Rosenthal (919.668.9123 /

Teaching Assistant—Susan Anderson (919.668.9100 /


BLUE GOLD: Science, Engineering, and the Future of Water

Learn why nearly 10 percent of the world’s population lacks access to clean water and why many people predict that conflict over water rights will spark the next great wars. Learn about environmental policies in the United States and abroad and discover why those who know how to manage and acquire water, the new blue gold, will hold a key to the future. Engineer solutions to preserve the natural environment and secure precious resources for generations to come. Conduct laboratory and engineering experiments outside of the classroom to better understand how development and humans impact the state of precious resources. Tour sophisticated, innovative green facilities that model high-tech solutions to aid in environmental preservation. Explore a variety of Florida’s subtropical, coastal habitats, and the organisms that inhabit them. Produce a solution-based professional, scientific report focused on your home town.
MARINE BIOLOGY: Estuaries and Marshes

Survey and explore the structure, function, ecology, and development of marine life found in estuarine and coastal habitats. The unusual nature of these habitats that exist between the land and the open ocean create unique relationships among the plants and animals that live there. Use classroom presentations, laboratory experiments, and field trips to gain hands-on experience with the marine life that exists in coastal habitats.

MARINE BIOLOGY: Near Shore and Oceans

Perform an in-depth examination of the biology of marine life in ocean and inlet habitats. The Duke University Marine Lab provides access to these large bodies of water and the organisms that inhabit them. Examine how life has adapted to the features of these ocean habitats and how that adaptation influences the relationships within the ecological communities. Along with work in the classroom, engage in hands-on fieldwork through dredging, trawling, and towing trips on Duke University’s research vessels at various marine and geological sites.



Focus on large mammals such as dolphins, whales, and seals and explore the unique ways they communicate as you delve into research on acoustic communication and echolocation. Learn about cutting-edge research in marine biology, ecology, and conservation. Visit research and aquarium facilities to observe animal training, rehabilitation, and research procedures. Spend the night at the Florida Aquarium studying nocturnal behavior of marine organisms.

Delve into the fundamental components of studying the global oceans. Investigate the physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes that govern microscopic to macroscopic patterns in the ocean system. Explore general issues on the nature of science, the role of scientific rationalism in modern society, and the development of practical problem-solving skills. Examine oceanography’s relationship to social and political issues. Study biotic and abiotic components of the global oceans through engaged discussion, laboratory experiments, and field research. Design and complete a research project to present to your peers.


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