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  • Locations: Discovery Bay, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 10/31/2018
11/14/2018 05/15/2019 06/01/2019
Maymester 2020 10/31/2019 11/30/2019 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Area of Study: Marine Science
Eligibility: 18 years or older at time of departure, GPA: 2.5 College: College of Science
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Scholarship Opportunities (not exhaustive): American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship, CCU College of Science Study Abroad Scholarship, CCU Honors Program Global Enhancement Award, Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship, Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grants, Gilman International Scholarship, Hagan Scholarship, Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, International Education Financial Aid, LIV Fund, Marilyn and David Domke Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, The Jane Gluckman and Carol Rausch "Go Global" Scholarship
Program Description:
The "Ecology of Reefs" faculty-led program allows students to learn about and gain firsthand experience with coral reef ecosystems. For nearly 30 years, students and faculty from CCU have traveled to the University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML), in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. Students participate in a three credit course, MSCI 477, Ecology of Coral Reefs, where the  learn about reef structure, productivity, and diversity, and they get to directly observe what they learn while diving on the reefs. The students also prepare an independent, faculty-supervised research project that fulfills three credits of MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research.
The students prepare for the trip, which happens in May, by spending time during the spring semester researching and putting together their projects. Once at DBML, students take part in researching, diving, learning, and enjoying the tropical coral reefs. Students engage in directed undergraduate research leading to the production of a conference-style presentation and a formal research paper. Most students gain substantial SCUBA diving experience. The field excursions vary from year to year based on student input, but they have included visits to a naturally bioluminescent bay, cave tours, rain forest hikes, visits to an urban fishing enclave and a sustainably managed aquaculture farm, cultural and sporting exhibitions, and in depth exposure to the food and culture of rural Jamaica.