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Winter 2014: Cayman Islands MAST
January 03, 2014 - February 06, 2014
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Photo provided by faculty director Mark Moline.
Meetings
Interest Meetings:
02/19/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
02/26/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
03/06/2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM105 Robinson Hall
09/03/2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM206 Robinson Hall
09/03/2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM202 Cannon Hall (Lewes Campus)
09/11/2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM206 Robinson Hall
09/11/2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM202 Cannon Hall (Lewes Campus)
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/19/2013 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
11/07/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
11/11/2013 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM130 General Services Building (222 S. Chapel Street)
11/20/2013 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM130 General Services Building (222 S. Chapel Street)
12/04/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM206 Robinson Hall
12/05/2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMUniversity Pool
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/22/2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
10/24/2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMStudent Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
This program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.
Program Description
Study of the geology, ecology, evolution of coral reef environments are addressed in a natural field setting on the island of Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.  This isolated island is located in the center of the Caribbean and host to a large diversity of organisms and habitat types.  Students will have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of study and enjoy this island community.

Based at the Little Cayman Research Center (Central Caribbean Marine Institute), you’ll interact with UD faculty local faculty and staff experts as you study coral reef environments.  In addition, you’ll learn about the biological diversity and physiology through excursions to unique areas on Little Cayman, visits to various island locations.  While traveling to almost every location on this small island over the course of the winter session program, there will be specific day-long excursions that will highlight lagoon environments, coral reefs in high/low energy systems, seagrass habitats, mangrove communities, and reef walls. Scientific diving will be a part of this this program, adding to the ability to understanding these systems at the same time as developing a new skill set.

Students reside in bunk-style rooms and bungalows at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, with all meals provided. 
Whether you’re interested in coral reef systems, island biogeography, or marine conservation issues, the Winter Session provides a unique opportunity to understand the environment first hand and experience island living.

Please note:  Please note: All students are required to purchase their own mask, fins, snorkel, camera and, if desired--wetsuit. Students must also purchase Diver Alert Network (DAN) insurance at a cost of roughly $30 per person www.diversalertnetwork.org

Also note:  Medical certification for diving and Open Water Scuba certification are required for participation. Students who are not currently certified may enroll in a special section of BHAN132: SCUBA in the fall semester (if space is available).
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all courses for credit and a grade; pass/fail and audit registration is not permitted. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 7 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
MAST 410: Scientific Diving (3 credits)
The course will introduce students to scientific SCUBA diving techniques. Completion of will certify the student as an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver and allow eligibility to participate in UD diving projects with reciprocity with other universities and government agencies. Course will be taught by the UD Dive Safety Officer.
MAST 443: Field Studies of Coral Reef Environments (3 credits)
The geology, ecology, evolution of coral reef environments are addressed in a field setting. An integrated approach of classroom instruction and theory will complement hands on observation, sampling, and experimentation in the field. Larger issues of climate change and human pressures will also be examined.
MAST 467: AAUS Certification (1 credit)
Course work, swimming performance, underwater performance, and full participation within the Cayman Island program will be measured as requirements to obtain AAUS certification.
UNIV 370-021: Study Abroad - Cayman Islands (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Requirements
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including a deposit and at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Elliott Hall, 26 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19716.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
Costs
Participants in the Cayman Islands MAST program will be charged University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session and the Program Fee.
The Program Fee usually covers housing and all excursions, but does not include transportation to/from the group's initial departure airport. Your specific Program Fee may or may not include these and other items. Check with the program's faculty director for details.
A $300.00 deposit towards the program fee must be paid no later than September 25, 2013, although we recommend that you pay your deposit within three working days of submitting your application. The deposit is non-refundable if you are admitted into the program. The program acceptance list will be available approximately two weeks later. See below for additional program fee and tuition payment deadlines.
All students pay all program fees via this website: http://www.udel.edu/global/studyabroad/information/payments_and_withdrawals.html. Credit card payments are not accepted.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,985.00$5,324.00
Final Program Fee$6,825.00$6,825.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total (final)$8,840.00$12,179.00
Please note that final Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to airline taxes, fuel surcharges, exchange rates, or changes in the group size.

IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Scholarships
Need- and merit-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
Deadlines
All payments and application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program ApplicationSeptember 25, 2013
$300.00 DepositSeptember 25, 2013
$2,500.00 DepositOctober 15, 2013
Final Program Fee BalanceNovember 05, 2013
Tuition and FeesDecember 01, 2013
Please note that the this program accepts students on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply early if you would like to be considered for acceptance.
Contacts
Adam Marsh
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
114 Smith Lab (Otis H) Mariculture - Lewes Campus
302-645-4367
amarsh@udel.edu
Mark Moline
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
204A Cannon Marine Studies Lab - Lewes Campus
302-645-4263
mmoline@udel.edu
Mark Warner
Faculty Director
Marine Studies
104 Smith Lab (Otis H) Mariculture - Lewes Campus
302-645-4365
mwarner@udel.edu
File Downloads
2014 Cayman MAST - flyer

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.




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