For Students

This page is for:

  • Currently funded UW Sea Grant students
  • Wisconsin graduate students seeking funding
  • Students seeking a career in marine science
  • Students looking for information on the Great Lakes and water resources for class assignments
  • Lifelong learners interested in water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin.
Note:   Non-Wisconsin students should go to the National Sea Grant College Program website to find the Sea Grant Program for their state.



News

Meet the 2015 Knauss Fellows, Part Two: Catherine Simons
The second of UW Sea Grant's 2015 Knauss Marion Policy Fellows refuses to let obstacles stand in her way. Read more...


Meet the 2015 Knauss Fellows, Part Three: Kristina Surfus
The third of UW Sea Grant's 2015 Knauss Marine Policy fellows is drawn to water in every way.  Read more...


Scholarships, Fellowships & Other Opportunities

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
This fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.
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Research Assistantships
Sea Grant-funded projects support graduate students.
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Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
This is a competitive program that provides one-year, expenses-paid internships with a federal agency or lawmaker in the Washington, D.C., area. Read more...


Carl J. Weston Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship supports Wisconsin undergraduates interested in Great Lakes and ocean issues. Read more...


Tips on Applying for Fellowships
A three-part audio podcast offers news you can use--how to successfully apply for fellowships. Read more...


National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program
This fellowship for Ph.D. candidates focuses on population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. Read more...


Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellow
This one-year fellowship is based at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Mich. Eligible applicants include students who, at the time of application, are in a graduate or professional degree program. Read more...


Other Opportunities
Other internships, fellowships and employment opportunities are collected here. Read more...


Careers in Marine Science

Great Lakes Careers
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory conducts research in the Great Lakes and other large freshwater ecosystems throughout the world, in a wide range of scientific areas. To accomplish its mission, GLERL employs aquatic biologists, chemists, geologists, oceanographers, limnologists, meteorologists, physical scientists, engineers, technicians, computer scientists, hydrologists, and ecologists Read more...


There are many choices when it comes to choosing a career. Read more...


Competitive Learning Opportunities

Lake Sturgeon Bowl
This annual event for higher-schoolers tests salt- and sweet-water sciences. Read more...


Lake Sturgeon Bowl Video
Spend a few minutes with this video and the excitement and competition of the annual Lake Sturgeon Bowl becomes infectious. Read more...


Videos

Learn About Starting a Career in Conservation
Julia Noordyk is based in Sea Grant's Green Bay office. She works with the people who manage our tremendous Great Lakes resources. She translates science into ways to best use and protect water quality and habitats. She also works with communities to build resilience in the face of storms. Read more...


Learn About Starting a Career in Coastal Engineering
Gene Clark, our coastal engineer, talks with students via video about getting into the field of coastal engineering. Read more...


Learn About Starting a Career in Geographic Information Systems
UW Sea Grant's David Hart shares some thoughts on the social value of a career in geographic information systems, the training it requires and job possibilities. Read more...


Learn About Starting a Career in Fish and Fisheries
Phil Moy, our former aquatic invasive species and fisheries specialist, presents to students about getting into the career. Read more...


Great Lakes Info for Class Assignments

Physical Properties of the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes topics page on this Wisconsin Sea Grant site has lots of information. Read more...


Photos of the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has photos of all types, showcasing the natural beauty of the Great Lakes, its industries, its storms and more. Read more...


Videos and Sound Files
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has videos and sound clips, some of which focus on areas of the Great Lakes and the animals that live in the region. The site also links to images. Read more...


Great Lakes Coastline Photos
The NOAA photo library includes some shots of the coasts of the Great Lakes. Read more...


Sea Grant-Supported Students

Lucas Beversdorf: Following Toxic Algae From Hawaii to Wisconsin

Say you’re working in Hawaii, studying blue-green algae in the ocean for your oceanography master’s degree. What could possibly lure you to the more chilly climes of Wisconsin to study algae in Madison’s Lake Mendota? As it turns out, a lot of things.

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The St. Louis River Provides Training Ground for Sea Grant Graduate Student

The St. Louis River Estuary in Superior, Wis., is keeping things interesting for the inquiring mind of Luke Loken. A limnology graduate student at UW-Madison, Loken is working on a project funded jointly by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs to assess seasonal variability in estuary water quality.

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James Waples: Where Is He Now?
What’s an environmental radiochemist? Find out by reading about former graduate student James Waples’s career. Read more...


Barry Johnson: Where is he now?
A branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey in La Crosse, Wis., credits his experience as a former Ph.D. student supported by Wisconsin Sea Grant with preparing him to be an independent researcher and in helping him disseminate his findings to natural resource managers. Read more...


Former Knauss Fellow From Wisconsin Sea Grant Now Runs the Program
Chelsea Lowes went off to Washington, D.C., as a Knauss Fellow in 2009. A few short years pass and now she's running the show, ensuring great opportunities for the next generations of students.
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Sea Grant Supports Students
During the history of its program, Wisconsin Sea Grant has supported nearly 600 students – 31 percent of them women – helping 399 of them earn a master’s degree and 283 a Ph.D. Read more...


Mapping Specialist and Former Sea Grant Student Finds His Way Back to Wisconsin
A former Sea Grant student is returning to the UW-Madison campus, this time as a professor. Read more...


Science Fairs and Fun Activities

Ideas for Science Fair Projects
Take a look to get some ideas for science fair projects:

What happens when divers get the bends

Test underwater pressure

Make a diving bell



Fun Activities
Interested in frogs and underwater exploration? Have some fun with drawing, games and more.

Make an origami frog

Draw a frog

Take a quiz about frogs

Listen to frog sounds

Learn diving hand signals

Learn more about underwater exploration

Take a quiz about submarines

Take a quiz on diving

Learn more about birds



Great Lakes Fish Swim Into Sight
Learn more about some of the fish that swim the Great Lakes. Read more...


Learn More About Rip Currents
Learn about a serious subject in a fun way. Play some Jeopardy and get some tips on rip currents. Read more...


Lifelong Learners

UW-Madison Science Expeditions (video)
UW Sea Grant helps plan and then participates in this annual event that opens the UW-Madison lab and classroom doors to the community. Read more...


Grandparents University (video)
UW Sea Grant staff members teach courses through this enriching learning opportunity each summer. Read more...


Related Websites

Wisconsin's Water Library
Established in 1964 by the UW Water Resources Institute, Wisconsin's Water Library (formerly known as the Water Resources Library) is unique among UW-Madison's many libraries for its collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin. The library includes a curriculum collection, dozens of educational videos, a children's collection, and more than 20 journals and 100 newsletters. Read more...


Water @ UW-Madison
UW-Madison hosts a stunningly wide range of research, educational, and outreach activities related to water and water resources. These activities are distributed across the UW-Madison campus and beyond. Although there are many bridges between faculty, staff, and students with water interests, there is no formal coordination of activities. In response, this website was launched in late 2012. Read more...


Let's go on a Cruise
The interactive vessel tour is just one interesting feature of this site that provides info on all aspects of Lake Michigan research.
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