Field Biology Quarter

MBQ Spring 2012 - Moorea, French Polynesia


Instructors: Dr. Peggy Fong, Dr. David Jacobs
ANNOUNCING

SPRING 2012 MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER – MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

The Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) is a field program that gives advanced undergraduates an opportunity to gain intimate and first hand knowledge of marine communities, their constituents and their structure. It is also designed as a real world training experience in devising and carrying through to completion scientific research projects in marine biology.
Four 4-unit courses (16 units total) will be taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, located in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Spring Quarter 2012 MBQ Courses will include:*
EEB106: Experimental Marine Invertebrate Biology
EEB123: Marine Ecology
EEB124: Field Ecology
EEB148: Biology of Marine Plants
*Approved students will be enrolled in these courses by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES (Pre-requisites do not need to be completed prior to applying.)
➢ Life Sciences 1
➢ EE BIOL 109 – Introduction to Marine Science (offered Summer 2011 and Fall 2011)
➢ EE BIOL 109L – Introduction to Marine Science Laboratory (offered Summer 2011 and Fall 2011)
➢ Statistics 13 (or equivalent course)
➢ Competitive GPA
➢ Valid passport

RECOMMENDED:
Dive certification through UCLA’s dive program recommended but NOT required. Proficiency at snorkeling is vital; we recommend that it is mastered prior to departure, but it can be learned in the field.
Priority consideration will be given to qualified Marine Biology and other EE BIOL majors.

COST
The cost of the MBQ will be regular URSA registration fees plus additional fees to cover the cost of room and board and travel ($3500-$4000). Financial aid students may be able to revise their 2011-12 budget and apply for additional funds to cover the cost of the MBQ. If you have a University Housing contract (includes dorms, University Apartments) for the 2011-12 academic year, you will need to contact the UCLA Housing Office to revise your housing agreement for Spring Quarter 2012. Moreover, students with non-University rental and lease agreements will need to make necessary adjustments to their agreements.

The cost of the MBQ ($3500-$4000) will be due sometime in the early weeks of Spring Quarter 2012. The cost will be charged to your BAR account. If your final payment is not received by the due date, you may not be allowed to participate in the MBQ. More detailed information about the due date will be forthcoming. Please be aware that the cost of the MBQ is in addition to your regular Spring Quarter 2012 URSA registration fees.

APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS

Applications will be available in the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office (2325 LS) and online beginning on
Friday, April 22, 2011.
CLICK HERE for the application
Application deadline: Monday, May 16, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
Applicants selected for a personal interview will be contacted by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.


QUESTIONS?
Please contact the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office at eebundergrad@lifesci.ucla.edu.