Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences

The Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program is a 12-week summer research internship funded by the National Science Foundation.

Since 1989, staff at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Division (MRD) have provided "hands on" research experiences to more than 120 minority undergraduate students recruited from colleges across the United States through summer internship programs. In 1996, with funding from the National Science Foundation, MRD staff developed the Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program, an intensive program of independent mentor-guided research. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to work side-by-side with mentors from a number of Federal, State and academic agencies on individual research projects, as well as receiving expert tuition in the key skills needed to pursue a successful career in the marine and environmental science disciplines. Furthermore, students are exposed to a broad diversity of habitats and organisms, many of which they experience for the first time.

Mission: The continuing mission of the MIMES Program is to promote increased participation by minority candidates in scientific disciplines in which they are significantly underrepresented. For example, according to NSF (2007) data, only 4% of Ph.D. and 8% of M.S. degrees received by U.S. citizens in science and engineering disciplines were awarded to African-Americans. Minority candidates enrolled in the MIMES Program include not only African-American students, but also Hispanic, Latino, Asian-Pacific and Pacific Islander students. [Accepted students are required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of U.S. territories.]

[01/27/16]   Our current funding for the MIMES Program will come to an end early in the New Year, such that there will NOT be a MIMES Program in the summer of 2016, and it is not currently known if or when the Program will resume.
We are extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation for its support of the MIMES Program in past years, and recognize the tremendous contributions NSF makes to supporting the involvement of underrepresented groups in marine and environmental science disciplines.
I greatly enjoyed my time leading the MIMES Program and thank all of its participants for their hard work, enthusiasm, and gratitude. I look forward to hearing how your careers progress.
Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Kingsley-Smith

[12/11/15]   Our current funding for the MIMES Program will come to an end early in the New Year, such that there will NOT be a MIMES Program in the summer of 2016, and it is not currently known if or when the Program will resume.

We are extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation for its support of the MIMES Program in past years, and recognize the tremendous contributions NSF makes to supporting the involvement of underrepresented groups in marine and environmental science disciplines.

I greatly enjoyed my time leading the MIMES Program and thank all of its participants for their hard work, enthusiasm, and gratitude. I look forward to hearing how your careers progress.

Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Kingsley-Smith.

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Last month, students from the MIMES Program, the College of Charleston's Fort Johnson REU Program, the Medical University of South Carolina's Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), an undergraduate marine biology class at CofC taught by Dr. Weisman, and from the new Omics REU Program at CofC, led by Dr. Andrew Shedlock, all had the opportunity to participate in otter trawling aboard the SCDNR's research vessel, the R/V Silver Crescent. This activity introduced the students to a wide diversity of species that can be found "on our doorstep" in the Charleston Harbor. Students were able to contrast the communities associated with soft (sandy) bottom and live (oyster shell) bottom habitats.

One of the highlights of the MIMES Program every year is the opportunity offered by the Medical University of South Carolina research team, working on the American alligator, led by Dr. Lou Guillette, for our students to participate in their sampling efforts in the Yawkey Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina, USA. This is arguably the most northerly dense population of alligators in the world, and its protection as a WMA offers unique research insights into the biology of this remarkable species. The research shown in these pictures is part of a multi-decadal effort to capture, mark and release these animals to gather critical information on the age, growth and reproduction of this species, revealing cutting edge insights into the biology of the American alligator. One of the alligators recaptured in 2015 were first tagged as early as 1981. It is important to note that the utmost care is taken to treat these animals with respect and to capture them using techniques that ensure the safety of the researchers, and with minimal stress to the animals. Very special thanks go out to Dr. Lou Guillette and his research team, including Dr. Thomas Rainwater, recently appointed at Clemson University, as well as the SCDNR staff that help to manage the Yawkey WMA.

Just a few of the great moments from yesterday's Team-building and Leadership Experience at the James Island County Park Challenge Course yesterday. Many thanks to the interns for doing such a great job and for the top-notch facilitators that worked with us.

Happy birthday to Alexandria (Lexie) Felix who turned 21 today... Her fellow MIMES Program interns surprised her at lunchtime with a birthday cake!

[05/13/15]   Less than a week to go before our 2015 interns arrive! Exciting!

[04/15/15]   In the midst of conference calls with the 2015 MIMES Program interns and I am excited for this summer. So far they have all done a great job on the calls and seem to be great matches for their mentors and their individualized research projects... and they sound excited to get to Charleston to begin the program!!!

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ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY!!!
REMINDER: Deadline for applications for the 2015 NSF-REU Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program, held at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, SC is Friday March 13th 2015. Details on how to apply can be found at:
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Dates confirmed for 2015 summer program! May 18th-August 7th 2015, with applications due by March 13th 2015.

www.dnr.sc.gov The Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the cooperation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-NOAA) and state agencies is offering undergraduate minority science students internsh…

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Photos from summer 2014 pt II... Enjoy! Photos include field trips involving trawling in Charleston Harbor aboard the R/V Silver Crescent and an expedition to Yawkey Wildlife Management Area with researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and USFWS who continue to monitor the health and status of the alligator population.

So I admit I have been rather remiss in posting photos from the program this summer, so I am going to try to address that in the coming days. Hopefully these photos will support some good memories for the interns that participated this summer and will give others a better sense of the MIMES Program (especially as we will have funding to run the program again in 2015!!!). Here goes!!!

Another successful summer of the Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program draws to a close at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, SC. Many thanks to the National Science Foundation for their continued support of this program, to the mentors and interns for working hard on their research projects and to colleagues from institutions across the Fort Johnson Marine Resources Center to adding to the collaborative nature of our program.

[06/05/14]   The 2014 MIMES Program is well underway with 8 interns from a variety of states and schools in the US. Specifically this year we have recruited students from the following institutions:
University of Virginia
St. Mary's College of Maryland
South Carolina State University
Lincoln University
University of Georgia
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Pembroke
University of South Florida

The interns have made a great start on their individual research projects and I hope that they will start to post photos of them in the lab and the field as their summer progresses (hint, hint!)

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Check out this NSF highlight of recent MIMES Program intern James White from Savannah State University on his research with Dr. Steve Arnott and Bill Roumillat at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on age determinations in the American eel.
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SC Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences Intern Program

REMINDER!!! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE THIS THURSDAY MARCH 13th 2014!!! Check out http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/minority/ for details of how to apply.

dnr.sc.gov The Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the cooperation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-NOAA) and state agencies is offering undergraduate minority science students internsh...

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 MIMES PROGRAM! Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity:
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Congratulations to Edna Diaz Negron, MIMES Program 2013 alumnus, for her recent graduation from the University of Hawaii-Hilo!

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