ALF THOMPSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

ABOUT

The Alf Thompson Memorial Scholarship (ATMS) was initiated in 2011 to honour the passing of Alf Thompson (Nov 16, 2010), a Bahamian trained in engineering and the sciences. The program is offered through Bahamas Marine EcoCentre and the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, both non-profit organizations promoting awareness, conservation and respect for the Bahamian environment . 

 

The intent of the ATMS program is to provide Bahamians with the opportunity to experience hands-on research at the Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS). This will include learning about various research techniques in the disciplines of population demographics and dynamics, molecular and behavioural ecology, bioenergetics, sensory biology and physiology.  The expectation is that the internship experience will motivate students to further their studies and ultimately pursue careers in these fields.


 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

A four-week internship is offered for qualifying candidates to carry out research at the Bimini Biological Field Station, South Bimini, Bahamas. Successful applicants will live with research scientists and fellow international interns learning about marine and shark biology, field research techniques and conservation of our treasured Bahamas marine ecosystems.  

 

Throughout the internship you will be asked to help with the day-to-day upkeep of the station, capture and care of sharks, tagging, data entry, maintenance and use of field equipment, and many other tasks.

  • Two students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a four-week internship at the Shark lab in summer (2021).

  • Scholarships will be provided by BME and BBFS after the processes of advertising, application review, screening applicants and final committee selection.  

  • Funds will be awarded to cover round-trip airfare from within the Bahamas to Bimini, travel insurance, food and accommodations.

REQUIREMENTS:

This program is open to motivated Bahamians aged 20-26. Scholarship covers expenses for travel, food and lodging during the four-week internship. 

  • Scholarship candidates must submit a completed ATMS application with supporting documents

  • If shortlisted, candidates must be available for an interview (via Skype) with one or more ATMS committee member

  • Scholarship recipients should be enrolled in a recognized college or high school; exceptions may be granted for those within one year of such enrolment or after graduation.  

  • The internship will be offered to motivated students in good standing or those in the work force, ages 20 – 26.  

  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid Bahamian passport and have a clean police record.

  • Scholarship recipients must be of a high academic standard, as measured by past school records and teacher references.  

  • Successful candidates may be asked to make themselves available for interviews with the media (news stories, photo ops, etc).

  • Successful candidates are requested to keep a journal or daily log and provide a copy or a summary of your experience to BME at the end of the internship.

FOR FULL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK HERE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOW CLOSED

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO

 info@bahamas-marine-ecocentre.org

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