Today the National Science Board (NSB) announced that Sea Education Association (SEA) would be bestowed with its 2016 Public Service Award.
(From National Science Board)– This esteemed award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. SEA is the sole recipient of the Public Service Award this year.
SEA started making waves in 1971 and is now an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Based in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA equips high school students and undergraduates with tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the 21st century: human impacts on the environment. With a unique shore-to-sea approach, SEA allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and test it against their observations in the field, sailing as scientists and crew aboard one of two custom-equipped tall ship research vessels.
SEA Semester®, the organization’s flagship study abroad program, is the leading off-campus environmental studies program focused on the ocean. Each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. With Boston University as its school of record, SEA has educated more than 10,000 undergraduates, high school students and teachers about the world’s oceans. Destinations of SEA Semester voyages include Europe, the Mediterranean, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa.
Read the full article here: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138210&org=NSB&from=news