The Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) is a two-week marine science summer day program for high school students. The program is based at MSC’s campus on the rocky shore of Nahant, but includes several off-site field trips to field locations both on and off the water. Contact Carole McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or use the form below to apply for the program.
There are two programs currently offered:
COSA Chondrus – Introductory program for first-time participants.
Students enrolled in this introductory marine biology program will learn about coastal and marine habitats and develop basic research skills. Topics covered include identifying and classifying marine organisms, monitoring water quality, measuring species richness and diversity, and analyzing survey results. Students will also explore threats to coastal and marine resources. Field studies take place at a salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, and on open water.
COSA Pagurus – For students who completed the COSA Chondrus or an equivalent introductory marine science program.
Building on knowledge learned in Chondrus, Pagurus students will deepen their knowledge of rocky intertidal ecology and habitats through student-led field investigation. Staff will facilitate student inquiry and research in topics of their own choosing. Ample access to field sites for data collection will be provided, as well as guidance in developing sound research questions, methodologies, analyzing data, and presenting results.
Dates and logistics for 2014 will be posted by early February. Program hours are generally from 8:30am – 3pm Monday through Friday. The program typically takes place during the middle two weeks of August.
Fees & How to Pay
Program fees for 2013 are $900 for the two-week program. A deposit of $300 is required upon acceptance, and full payment is expected by July 15th. Fees should be paid by check made out to Northeastern University and sent to the address on the application.
Fees include all equipment, student materials, t-shirt, transportation to off-site field locations, entry for all fee-based field experiences, daily lunch, and snacks.
A limited number of competitive scholarships will be available to students residing in the following communities: Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Salem, and Somerville.
A daily shuttle van to the MSC is typically available from 3 MBTA stations – Ruggles, Wonderland, or Lynn/Central Square for an additional cost of $100 per student. The shuttle will depart from Boston at 7:30am and return to Boston at 4:00pm, making stops at Lynn and Wonderland on the way to and from Nahant.
An application pack and associated paperwork will be available online by mid-February.
Registration will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis to fill a limited number of slots.