Program Update: National Ocean Sciences Bowl – July 2012
In July, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) announced the five recipients of the 2012 National Ocean Scholar scholarships. To apply, graduating seniors who participated in the NOSB submitted applications, SAT/ACT scores, two written essays and two letters of recommendation. One essay was a personal essay describing their inspiration and interest in ocean science. The second essay was a choice between two topics: 1) choosing one oceanic feature and explaining its significance to current societal impacts and our understanding of the ocean; or 2) taking a position on one of the current challenges in ocean management (their choice) and writing a persuasive argument to convince others to also take that position. Each application was reviewed by three reviewers from various departments and backgrounds within the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Reviewers used a provided rubric to evaluate each application. All three scores were summed up and averaged. The top five candidates with the highest average score received scholarships. They include: Jose Cuevas (California), Katherine Hudson (Connecticut), Dana Ritchie (California), Danielle Schimmenti (New Jersey) and Emiliano Valle (Florida). To learn more about these amazing students, please click here.
Are you interested in using your expertise in the marine sciences to help the next generation of ocean scientists and stewards succeed? If so, please contact Melissa Brodeur to join a NOSB Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). The NOSB takes great pride in its challenging questions and each year asks scholars, scientists and teachers to participate in the question review process. TAPs are held each fall to review the buzzer and Team Challenge Questions for the regional and national NOSB competitions. If you have expertise in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Marine Policy, Technology, Social Science or Geography, please help the NOSB ensure the competition questions are of the highest quality possible. This is a volunteer opportunity, but your airfare, lodging and meals will be provided.