SUSiE Expeditions Open For Enrollment
16 Mar 2016

SUSiE Expeditions Open For Enrollment

Calling all early career scientists and explorers.

16 Mar 2016

Calling all early career scientists and explorers. Join a 2016 SUSiE Expedition in Exuma, Bahamas.

The Science under Sail Institute for Exploration (SUSiE) is now accepting student applications for summer 2016 coral reef research Expeditions to explore the Exuma archipelago, in the far Bahamas. Positions are extremely limited (8 per leg), highly competitive, and filled on a first applied/ first accepted basis, so early enrollment is encouraged.

Innovative research is what takes SUSIE Expeditions off-grid each summer to explore and study tropical coral reef ecosystems. 2016 Expeditions are set to sail to the Exuma archipelago, Bahamas. Inviting early career college scientists and visiting researchers aboard to tackle more cutting-edge questions and environmental issues.

Interested in applying? Expeditions are open to College (undergrad & grad) Students + graduating high-school seniors (18+) + GAP year students welcome. We are currently accepting applications for summer EXU2016 Expedition – application deadline – March 31st – Apply Today.


2016 Expedition calendar and availability:

Leg 1: July 3 – July 16 (8 spots)

Leg 2: July 18 – July 31 (8 spots)

Leg 3: August 3 – August 17 (8 spots)


What Makes SUSiE Unique? – SUSiE Expeditions provide transformative learning and field research experiences to college students with the goal of empowering them to excel from college-to-ocean careers.


SUSiE Expeditions synopsis

Intensive 14-day Expeditions are designed to immerse undergraduate & graduate students in the field of Exploration Science. As active participants aboard an ongoing coral reef research expedition, students are challenged with the rigors of marine fieldwork. Participation in every aspect of a live-aboard expedition prepares students for field research within any discipline by enhancing teamwork, problem solving, spontaneous innovation, and other skills required to successfully collect data outside a laboratory, and off-the-grid. The Expeditions integrate formal lectures covering a broad range of current topics in coral reef science, global climate change and ocean conservation. Many lectures are combined with field survey and/or data collection components. Students also become proficient in many cutting-edge techniques used in coral reef research, as well as other scientific disciplines. Additionally, participants learn the fundamentals of seamanship and sailing as they captain and navigate the 50ft catamaran throughout the Exuma archipelago to near-shore and offshore research sites.


Curious if our students receive credits to come aboard? Most do. Read our How to Receive Credits blogpost.


Think finances are your biggest barrier? Read up on how you can Fund Your Expedition blogpost.


If you’re wondering what a Science under Sail Expedition is really like? Read our alumni blog series – “Exploring Blue” to hear alumni describe their experiences aboard a SUSiE Expedition right here.


Want more insight? Our alumni give us a 5 star rating. Read their reviews on our Facebook page.


Complete details, mission objectives, detailed curriculum, can be found at:

For specific inquiries, please contact [email protected]


Science under Sail Institute for Exploration (SUSiE), a registered 501(c) 3 Scientific Institute dedicated to the advancement of coral reef research, the advancement of early career scientists and explorers, and the promotion of globally responsible research conducted under sail.


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