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.


NOAA’s Digital Coast Fellowship

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is recruiting candidates for three Digital Coast Fellowship opportunities in 2016.  This program is modeled after the Coastal Management fellowship program and has a similar mission: to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to Digital Coast Partnership organizations. The fellowship positions start in August 2016 and are available with: the Association of State Floodplain Managers in Madison, Wisconsin; the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association in Wells, Maine; and The Nature Conservancy in Seattle, Washington. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at

 For the 2016 fellowship, applicants must complete a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the partner organizations. This two-year opportunity starts in August 2016, and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. 

Application packages must be submitted to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) by Friday, May 6, 2016, at OCM plans to automatically include the candidate pool that previously applied for the Coastal Management Fellowship. If candidates already applied to the Coastal Management Fellowship program, they do not need to re-submit their materials, but they do need to contact Margaret Allen to let her know they are interested in being considered. Any new candidates will not need to submit through Sea Grant (as stated in the online instructions) and should submit their application packets (including resume, goal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts) to by May 6, 2016.

To learn more about the Digital Coast, visit

If you have questions, please contact Margaret Allen ( at OCM.


2016 Undergraduate Research Scholars Tackle Interactive Digital Maps
UW-Madison freshmen Halle Lambeau and Stephanie Schimdt get a taste of research that might someday inform their careers. Read more...

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellowship

The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program seek postdoctoral and post Masters candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience across the Great Lakes region. Any student or postgraduate who will have graduated between summer 2015 and summer 2016, with a degree in an aquatic sciences-related field is eligible to apply for the Wisconsin science-policy fellowship. This will be an annual opportunity. For 2016: Apply by May 10, 2016. The fellowship will be from June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017 (approximate dates). For any information regarding succeeding years, contact Jennifer Hauxwell, assistant director for research and student engagement - (608) 263-4756.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
This fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.

Research Assistantships
Sea Grant-funded projects support graduate students.

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. Contact Terri Liebmann at Wisconsin Sea Grant and read further details at the commission website.  Read more...

Other Sea Grant Opportunities
Other Sea Grant fellowship and employment opportunities are collected here.

Sea Grant-Supported Students

Profiles of Students/Alumni Supported by Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute
Over the years UW Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute have provided funding to hundreds of graduate students to conduct their research. Read more...

More Alumni Profiles, Mapped Across the World
This map contains profiles of UW Sea Grant's alumni. We hope our graduate students will use this as a networking tool to connect with alumni and learn about the range of career opportunities available.  Read more...

Sea Grant Supports Students--2011 Survey Results
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...

Career Resources

Job Boards and Listings
A list of job boards and listings for students to use during their job search. Read more...

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...

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

Actionable Science Student Opportunities

Opportunities for Students to get Involved in Actionable Science
Are you seeking new and innovative opportunities to take your research out into the community? Learn how to communicate your research and engage with the community by participating in one or more of these programs offered at your University. 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...


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
Explore 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...

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.