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MarineQuest Leadership Programs

MarineQuest's leadership academy is pleased to offer three fantastic programs! These programs have been designed for marine science enthusiasts with a drive for a better ocean of tomorrow. We offered a variety of programs including single gender, commuter, residential, and multi-week.

Click on each program name below for details and descriptions.

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Sea GEMS (girls only, ages 12-14)

Swim in the wake of some truly inspirational marine scientists with Sea G.E.M.S. (Girls Exploring Marine Science) as you explore the contributions women have made to our understanding of the ocean.

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Sea LAB (boys only, ages 12-14)

From SCUBA to AUVs, ocean exploration has challenged men for decades. Discover their scientific achievements and how they changed the way we explore the marine environment.

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Oceans-17 (age 17)

Become an ocean leader with Oceans 17 where serious marine science enthusiasts conduct lab and field based experimental research while gaining hands on experience from UNCW researchers.

Program Application & Registration

To apply for any of our leadership programs, you must complete the MarineQuest Summer Program Application. Visit the information page for your chosen program to access its application.

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

Please Note: A completed application does not register you for your program. All applications will first be reviewed by the MarineQuest Staff and upon acceptance, you will receive an e-mail explaining the final step in the registration process.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.
• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
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