Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay and the University of New England have announced a new partnership that will support joint ventures in research and education. The presidents of both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that provides a new platform for enhanced collaboration and programs.
“This exciting partnership will put UNE students side-by-side with our scientists as they work to apply our global research to address local issues,” said Bigelow Laboratory President and CEO Deborah Bronk. “They’ll be gaining real research experience in a world-class facility while working to solve problems and support Maine’s marine economy through science.”
The two institutions plan to collaborate on the University of New England’s new professional science master’s program in ocean food systems, among other initiatives that will provide hands-on learning experiences for students.
“I could not be more thrilled to formalize our relationship with Bigelow Laboratory,” said University President James Herbert. “This partnership will give our students new opportunities to benefit from Bigelow Laboratory’s expertise through research and learning experiences in marine science and marine entrepreneurship.”
This new partnership advances Bigelow Laboratory’s efforts to expand student access to its state-of-the-art facilities and scientists through new relationships with universities and colleges across the country. It builds on the Laboratory’s existing collaboration with Colby College, which has brought more than 100 students to learn from Bigelow Laboratory scientists during the last decade.
“We are seeking new partners to grow our engagement with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Ben Twining, Bigelow Laboratory’s Henry L. and Grace Doherty Vice President for Education. “Our work with students not only helps to train the next generation of ocean leaders, it infuses our scientists and our research with an inspiring level of energy and enthusiasm throughout the year.”