NARRAGANSETTâThe University of Rhode Islandâs research vessel Endeavor returned to port this past Tuesday, number 500 in the shipâs long career of transporting scientists throughout the worldâs oceans and reporting back millions of pieces of quality, oceanographic data. The most recent trip, however, took a step further by bringing undergraduates along to experience life onboard conducting research.
âIt was a unique experience for us because all of our students at the GSO have Bachelorâs degrees,â said Dr. David Smith, Associate Dean at GSO. âWe are trying to give undergraduate students the opportunity to see how it is to work at sea doing real science.â
âThe undergraduates were just out there willing to help and interested in learning,â he added.
Smith and Chief Scientist Dr. Thomas Rossby took five undergraduates out on the Endeavor for a week-long sojourn to research the Gulf Stream. Along with two post-doctoral students, the expedition was divided into three projects which took the Endeavor from Rhode Island Sound down to northern edge of the Sargasso Sea.
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