The HIMB Schmidt Summer Program in Marine Science

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The HIMB Schmidt Summer Program in Marine Science

Applying Innovative Technologies in Marine Science

Dates: August 31st to September 25th, 2020
Format: 4-week intensive, on-site summer program
Participants: 16 maximum
Instructors: Lars Bejder (, Elizabeth Madin (, Joshua Madin ( plus invited guest instructors.
Cost: All costs are covered (course fees, accommodation, subsistence food, and reasonable travel costs)

Important note: We have delayed the summer program until late August 2020 due to COVID-19. Please understand that the dates above are a placeholder, and that the course may be delayed further or cancelled altogether in 2020 depending on progress towards reopening institutions and travel.  Also, note that acceptance may be contingent upon rules for travel from participants’ countries. We reserve the right to cancel the program or individual participation should our COVID-19 restrictions not align with the restrictions of the nations of participants.

The goal of this course is to introduce participants to innovative technologies and their uses in the field of marine science. The course will be open to incoming graduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers. The course will leverage the exceptional research capacities, facilities, and location of HIMB and Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) to advance scientific and career goals of participants who otherwise may not have this unique opportunity. The course will include lectures, hands-on field work, a lab component, and data analysis for projects developed during the program. The course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of conducting robust science, including open and reproducible science, science communication beyond academia to diverse stakeholder groups, and more. Included in the course will be a statistical programming module and guest lectures by scientists, conservation practitioners, and managers using cutting-edge technology. Participants will gain hands-on exposure to a range of technologies and tools relevant to the instructors’ and guest instructors’ research portfolios (e.g., unoccupied aerial systems, above-water and underwater photogrammetry, remote sensing imagery, 3D laser scanning and printing, and more). Broadening participants’ exposure to new and emerging technologies will provide them a foundation upon which to incorporate these technologies into their scientific and career goals. 

To apply: Candidates should submit the following materials via email to in a single PDF document, with the file name “YourLastNameFirstInitial_HIMBSummerCourse2020.pdf” and the subject heading “HIMBSummerCourse application” by 5 pm on June 30th, 2020 (Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time):

  1. Brief introductory cover letter (maximum of 1 page)
  2. Two statements covering (maximum of 300 words each):
    1. Your areas of research interest
    2. What you hope to gain from the course
  3. Your CV