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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE) opens doors into marine science research, education and careers for underrepresented, minority students and aims to provide unique and authentic research and training opportunities that go beyond training received by traditional degree-granting institutions. To qualify for this program, applicants must be currently enrolled in coursework at State College of Florida or College of the Florida Keys and identify as an underrepresented minority in STEM as defined by NSF. Internship requires a minimum of 120 research hours over the course of the semester and interns will receive a $3400 stipend. Must be 18 or older to apply.

*Applications are due February 15th for Summer 2021

Program runs June 1- Aug 6, 2021

Apply to be a MarSci-LACE Intern

Programs Accepting Interns in Summer 2021

Benthic Ecology Program - Jim Culter

Chemical Ecology Program - Dr. Emily Hall

Coral Health and Disease Research Program - Dr. Erinn Muller (Internships in both Summerland Key and Sarasota)

Coral Health and Disease Research Program - Dr. Abigail Clark (Summerland Key)

Coral Reproduction - Dr. Hannah Koch (Summerland Key)

Coral Restoration - Dr. Erinn Muller (Summerland Key)

Ecotoxicology Program - Dr. Aileen Maldonado

Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program - Dr. Ryan Schloesser

Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program - Dr. Nicole Rhody

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Investigations Program - Gretchen Lovewell

Marine Microbiology - Dr. Andrea Tarnecki

Ocean Acidification Research Program - Dr. Emily Hall (Internships in both Summerland Key and Sarasota)

Ocean Technology and Marine Biochemistry Program - Dr. Willie Haskell

Phytoplankton Ecology Program - Dr. Vince Lovko

Red Tide Institute - Dr. Cindy Heil

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program - Dr. Jake Lasala

*All programs are housed in Sarasota, FL unless otherwise noted

Learn more about Mote's other internships


MarSci-LACE’s Intern Alliance is a program connecting underrepresented minority students participating in internships. The goal is to create a lasting peer-support network for students pursuing careers in marine science. The Alliance provides a safe space for students to openly discuss challenges unique to underrepresented minority students while providing tools to face these challenges. In addition, students are connected with positive role models working in the field of marine science. All students involved in any of the internship programs at Mote can participate in the Intern Alliance.

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