2021 Varanasi Summer Internship Opportunity

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Summer Internship Opportunity: Work with a NOAA Scientist and Learn to Integrate Mathematics and Fisheries Science

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the University of Washington request applications for students in the Mathematical Sciences for a summer internship at the NWFSC. Interns will spend summer (~16 June – 15 September) working on a research project that integrates mathematics with the science that informs fishery managers. A stipend of $2,500 will be provided from the Usha and S. Rao Varanasi SAFS Faculty Endowment for Student Support, the NWFSC and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. The successful applicant will also be provided with office space at the NWFSC and a NWFSC mentor.

Although any projects related to sustainable management of west coast fish resources would be considered, the following projects are already available and NWFSC mentors identified:

  1. Using simulations and Bayesian hierarchical models to improve abundance estimates for the threatened Lake Ozette sockeye salmon population (NWFSC Mentor: Martin Liermann).
  2. The effects of off-shore wind energy development on West Coast port infrastructure and vessel traffic (NWFSC Mentor: Lisa Pfeiffer).
  3. Killer Whale Behavioral Ecology (NWFSC Mentors: Jennifer Tennessen, and Marla Holt).
  4. Quantifying the temporal and spatial variation of invertebrate prey populations for stream salmonids (NWFSC Mentors: Peter Kiffney, Aimee Fullerton, and Beth Sanderson).
  5. Pilot project on the use of unsupervised image classification algorithms to study dynamic ocean physical processes (NWFSC Mentor: Eli Holmes).

For more information on these projects contact the lead NWFSC mentors (Martin Liermann: martin.liermann@noaa.gov; Lisa Pfeiffer lisa.pfeiffer@noaa.gov; Jennifer Tennessen jennifer.tennessen@noaa.gov; Peter Kiffney peter.kiffney@noaa.gov; Eli Holmes eli.holmes@noaa.gov).

To apply for this internship, submit a recent resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of interest including:

  • the name of the project that most interests you and why
  • tell us about yourself and your research interests
  • explain how the internship will further your studies and career
  • include other information the selection committee should be aware of, such as what it means to you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Send all materials to Sarah Garner (sterrs@uw.edu) by 15 March 2021.

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