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So you’re thinking about marine biology for a career or just a hobby – here’s your chance to check it out!

Oregon Coast inter-tidal research through HMSC.
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Undergraduate Student Research Talks to be presented at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Those in high school, college, already working, looking to expand a hobby – whatever – all have a splendid opportunity to get a taste of the fast growing profession of marine biology. To get the public familiar with this critically important endeavor, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center at South Beach is putting on their annual Marine Biology Student Symposium at the HMSC Visitor Center Auditorium, right on the waterfront.

The annual Marine Biology Student Symposium is set for Friday, June 9th from 11am-3pm.

The symposium offers the public a series of brief research talks where undergraduate students describe their semester-long research projects in marine ecology. Many of the student projects, conducted in the seawater labs and environs of the Hatfield campus, are food preference experiments under varying environmental conditions.

The symposium is a culmination of Oregon State University’s 15-credit Marine Biology and Ecology course (BI 450) offered annually by the Department of Integrative Biology at OSU. This single course fulfills the Marine Biology Option, a specialization within the Biology major, and is designed to give students a strong background in the biology of marine organisms and their habitats. The Option and a similar Marine Biology Minor emphasize field and laboratory course work in marine biology, ecology, conservation, and oceanography in residence at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The Marine Biology option and minor both provide excellent preparation for graduate and teaching programs and for employment in a variety of fields related to marine biology, veterinary medicine, and aquarium sciences. So the public can get a rare, full view of the breadth and depth of what is out there for those whose passion for the sea is deeply engrained.

To learn more about the student projects and the Marine Biology and Ecology course, follow the class journal blog at http://marinebio450.blogspot.com/, or see Teaching Marine Biology Writing in the Field: An Interview with Sally Hacker: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/wicnews/?p=188

Again, the symposium is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The HMSC Visitor Center Auditorium is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive in Newport, right next to the NOAA docks at South Beach.. To learn more about OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center students’ opportunities and the Marine Studies Initiative, see the Marine Studies video at hmsc.oregonstate.edu or contact Itchung Cheung at 541-867-0380.

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