The Maine Sea Grant education program seeks to improve marine-related K-16 educational opportunities in the state, as well as continued learning programs for educators. The program offers in-service teacher training workshops, develops formal and informal education programs related to the National Sea Grant Network’s four focus areas,* and develops curriculum materials that are aligned with state and national education standards. Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant's Assistant Director for Outreach and Education, works closely with the Marine Extension Team to develop and implement formal and informal K-16 education programs throughout the state, and she is a liaison to other educational organizations in the state, region, and nation. Members of Maine Sea Grant's Marine Extension Team also conduct educational programs and provide field experiences for K-16 teachers and students and other informal audiences throughout the state. In addition, the program supports graduate and undergraduate students working with faculty on a wide range of marine-related research projects at educational institutions throughout the state.
* Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Coastal Development, Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply, and Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities.
Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Maine Sea Grant serves as the point of contact for graduate students interested in marine-related fellowships through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including: the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship, and the Sea Grant/NMFS Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics.
Each year, Maine Sea Grant also awards one Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Sciences to one third-year undergraduate student within the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences.