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MAC - Friday Harbor Laboratories

In 1998, the MAC initiated a program of financial support for minority undergraduate and graduate students to participate in programs at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington. Students apply for admission to courses through University of Washington application procedures and indicate in their cover letter that they are members of an underrepresented minority in science (Black, Hispanic, Chicano, Native American or Pacific Islander). Decision to award is made by the University; MAC support is provided by an NIH/NIGMS MARC grant. Course information application forms and submission deadlines are available. Minority students seeking financial assistance are asked to send a duplicate of their application form to the ASCB MAC, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814-2762.

The Friday Harbor Laboratories facility is the principal marine science field station of the University of Washington, which operates on the quarterly system. Its faculty is drawn from various academic units of the University, including botany, fisheries, oceanography, and zoology, as well as visiting faculty members from many other U.S. and foreign institutions.

The Laboratories, located approximately 80 miles north of Seattle near the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, offers a biological preserve of nearly 500 acres of wooded land with about two miles of shoreline. The island is one of the largest of the 172 that make up the San Juan Archipelago, located in the northwest section of the state of Washington between Vancouver Island and the United States mainland. In addition to the Friday Harbor site, the Laboratories' administration has the responsibility for overseeing biological preserves leased or owned by the University on San Juan Island (False Bay and Argyle Lagoon), Shaw Island (uplands adjacent to Point George and Parks Bay; Cedar Rock Biological Preserve), and Lopez Island (Point Colville and Ice berg Point). Goose and Deadman islands, biological preserves owned by the Nature Conservancy, are also under the stewardship of the Laboratories.

The Laboratories are close to sea waters that range from oceanic to those highly diluted by streams, some with depths to 1,000 feet, others with bottoms varying from mud to rock, and water movements ranging from those of quiet bays and lagoons to those of swift tideways. The waters about the San Juan Archipelago abound in varied marine flora and fauna.

The Laboratories offer opportunities for independent and supervised research, as well as a varied program of instruction for graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout the year, use of the Laboratories' facilities or research in various areas of marine science is encouraged. In summer 2000, the MAC program will concentrate on undergraduate students between their junior and senior years and graduate students.

1999 Course Awardees

  • Shannon Aych, undergraduate student at Dillard University in New Orleans
  • Channae Goodwine, undergraduate student at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas
  • Erinna Kinney, undergraduate student at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta
  • Kellie Mayfield, undergraduate student at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

1998 Course Awardees

Two undergraduate students, Michael Singho of Oberlin College and Doreen Samuel of Morris College participated in research apprenticeships, during which they audited a course in marine invertebrate zoology or marine algae, while spending the remainder of their time with FHL faculty members in their labs. Undergraduate student Jamilla Marcus of Spellman College and Graduate student Carlie A. Rodriquez of the University of Arizona took the Comparative Invertebrate Zoology course.

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