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Stony Brook University Mote Marine Lab Scholarship

Stony Brook University Mote Marine Lab Scholarship Currently Accepting Applications for Spring or Summer Internships—Deadline November 1 by 5 p.m.

One scholarship will be offered each year to permit outstanding Stony Brook University Marine Sciences, Marine Vertebrate Biology, Environmental Studies or Atmospheric Sciences majors to spend a semester at the Mote Marine Laboratory, an independent marine research lab located in Sarasota, Florida. Mote Marine Laboratory research is organized around seven research centers listed below. Although students can apply to work in any semester, you may find that participation in summer is best because that is when there are most projects available, and the time when more other students from other schools are present.

Mote Marine Laboratory also maintains the following Research Field Stations and Programs:

Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding Stony Brook University undergraduate students who are enrolled in one of the four majors within SoMAS. Up to one scholarship for up to $4250 will be awarded. Scholarships are to be used for transportation, living, and research expenses while participating in a summer, fall, winter or spring internship program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Incidental registration/infirmary fees for SBU may also apply but are not anticipated to be significant. For further information about Mote Marine Lab, visit their website:

Mote Lab College Internships generally last 10-14 weeks and begin the first Monday of the month except for May (Start date of May 17th.) However, intern start dates can be negotiated depending on the program with which a student is interning.

A list of Mote programs that accept interns can be found on their Internship web page.

Students will be matched with appropriate mentors and programs based on their interest and opportunity availability. Not all programs accept interns during all sessions so Mote cannot guarantee that students will get their first choice of placement.  Internships with research centers and programs—particularly those with a substantial fieldwork component—are most available during the summer session. However, research opportunities can be arranged during other sessions.

Mote is unable to provide or arrange for intern housing. However, once candidates have accepted an internship offer, Mote is able to offer a small list of housing options and can also put interns in communication with one another so that they may arrange for shared housing.

Local Transportation
Public transportation between Mote and most local areas is available through the Sarasota County Area Transit bus system, a service of the Sarasota County Government. The 30-day bus passes are currently $40, but check their website for updates. Also, is a great resource for finding bicycles for sale. Interns are responsible for providing or making arrangements for daily transportation to Mote.

Application Procedure
Deadline is November 1 for all applications for the 2011 scholarship

The scholarship selection committee will base its decisions on the applicant’s academic achievement, career goals, financial need and quality of the essay submitted as part of the application. Students from minority groups under-represented in science are especially encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or possess a valid work visa. Students must also have a GPA above a 3.0 to be considered for this scholarship.
To be considered, please submit the following:

  • A biographical information and internship preferences form.
  • A ~2 page essay describing how this award would enhance your Stony Brook University education. You should also discuss why you are interested in marine science, what you hope to study during your internship, why participating in this experience will benefit your long-term career plans, and why you should be selected for a Mote internship.  Details and quality of writing are both important for these essays.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended including Stony Brook University (unofficial is OK.)
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a faculty member.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae describing any science-related jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.

Signed applications should sent by hard copy or electronically to:

Kamazima Lwiza
Undergraduate Programs Director
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)
Stony Brook University
Endeavour Hall 169
(631) 632-7309

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the application or the program. SoMAS-endorsed applications will be forwarded to the Mote Program for their consideration in time to meet their program deadlines.


What started as a one-woman operation in 1955 by the now-famous shark researcher, Dr. Eugenie Clark, has evolved into seven research centers, home to more than 230 staff members, including about 40 PhD scientists who lead their respective fields. Mote has advanced the science of the sea for more than half a century, concentrating on nearshore marine research. Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the world’s few remaining independent marine research laboratories.

From the original focus on sharks, Mote research has expanded to include seven major areas of concentration, organized into seven research centers. While each center focuses on its own specialty, Mote scientists are able to partner with others within the lab to integrate efforts across a number of fields. This approach has led to discoveries that establish Mote as a global leader in many areas of marine science.

Over the last five decades, the world has learned many things about its oceans. One lesson has remained constant: There is still much to discover.Mote scientists are committed to that process of discovery – advancing our understanding of the sea and what is needed to sustain it.

Articles about previous Mote award winners are available below:


Emily Markowitz receives Undergraduate Recognition Award

SoMAS is proud to announce that Emily Markowitz has been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Recognition William J. Sullivan Award, the most prestigious service award Stony Brook presents to a graduating senior for academic accomplishments that go beyond the classroom...

Wen Cong, URECA Researcher of the Month – February 2016

From Wen Cong, URECA Researcher of the Month, February 2016 Marine Sciences major, Class of 2016 Research Mentor: Dr.Qingzhi Zhu, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences   “I am very lucky to have Dr. Zhu as my mentor,” reflects Wen Cong, a Marine Sciences...

Emily Markowitz completes Undergraduate Mote Internship

This summer, Emily Markowitz (Fall '15) received the Stony Brook University Mote Marine Lab Scholarship, funded by local Stony Brook donors to provide Stony Brook students with hands-on experience at one of the country’s premiere marine research laboratories. She...

Helen Cheng (BS, 2009)

Helen Cheng was the first recipient of the Stony Brook Mote Marine Laboratory Internship.  She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Marine Sciences in 2009.  She is now at the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB).  A recent spotlight...

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