Faculty and researchers are invited to submit an application to lead a research team (1 graduate student, 8-12 undergraduates for up to 15 credits) in any science, engineering, policy or other field that can be supported at FHL in either Autumn quarter (late September to early December) or Spring (late March to early June).

Research Apprenticeships are intense, full-time research training experiences offered to qualified undergraduates and post-baccalaureates. Small groups work on focused research guided by faculty and graduate student mentors. Students report that these experiences make them more likely to choose scientific research as a career option.

Past faculty agree that this experience is very time-intensive, however extremely rewarding. You can refer to previous and current Research Apprenticeship programs for descriptions of projects that could serve as a model for your proposal.

For research apprenticeships, FHL provides (given sufficient enrollment, usually at least 8 students):

  • three-month appointment for one faculty member (can be split between two faculty)
  • one RA
  • technical and administrative assistance
  • financial support for course expenses
  • partial financial support for students

Research apprenticeships have typically investigated a topical research area of interest to individual faculty.  One could also imagine research training focused on specific research skills, e.g. microscopy or molecular biology, or research training focused on whole organismal groups, or other skill-building teams aimed at important issues such as marine conservation policy.  Innovation and new perspectives are encouraged.

To apply, please e-mail the following application elements to Megan Dethier by April 30.

  1. Your CV
  2. Name of apprenticeship
  3. Your name, address, e-mail
  4. Any special constraints? For example, lead time, season, year, outside funding, etc.
  5. Autumn or Spring preferred and why?
  6. A 1-3 page substantive description of the apprenticeship including a plan or syllabus
  7. Please indicate for the benefit of people who don’t know your field, why this apprenticeship is important now and why it should be offered at UW-FHL, rather than in UW-Seattle (or e.g., Denver)
  8. How does your teaching experience relate to this apprenticeship?
  9. How many students would be registered?
  10. How will the apprenticeship use FHL facilities in the following categories?

Wet labs
Research Vessel
FHL analytical gear

The FHL Advisory Committee will review applications and announce teams by mid-May for the following year. Funding will be provided for your salary (3 months, 100% FTE), salary for one 50% RA, and FHL support staff to your team, vessel time, as well as a budget for supplies and research vessel time. Financial aid will be provided for qualified students.

The FHL Academic Advisory Committee will be looking for indications that the proposed apprenticeship is fundamental and important to the education of students who are likely to become professional leaders in marine science nationally. Also, truly innovative apprenticeships, i.e., those likely to put together people and ideas that yield fresh thinking and understanding across disciplines are eagerly sought out. Because of the demand for FHL facilities, apprenticeships (even very important ones) that can be taught equally well or better elsewhere, are likely to receive a lower priority.

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