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MarineQuest Introduces #FlashForwardFriday, Opens Summer Camp Registration

Saturday, November 04, 2017

UNCW’s MarineQuest has offered marine science programs for 37 years. In August, they introduced a campaign designed to showcase the success of former MarineQuest campers and staff.

Here are a few of the stories MarineQuest has shared through #flashforwardfriday:

Alexis Martin is a 3-time MarineQuester, having attended Sea Shots, OCEANS, and OCEANS17 summer enrichment programs while in high school. Her favorite activity was diving the Hyde and seeing two Manta Rays, and her favorite sea creature is the Sandbar Shark.

“MarineQuest ignited my love for science and made me want to pursue a degree at UNCW,” said Alexis. “The connections I made through MarineQuest have helped me throughout my college career.”

Alexis is currently a senior at UNCW studying biology and chemistry, and she worked as an OCEANS17 Night Instructor this year!

Jason Walsh is an Oceans-17 and Sea Scholar alum. He also worked as a resident assistant for MarineQuest every summer while he attended UNCW.

“MarineQuest gave me the opportunity to have an introduction to college at UNCW,” Jason told us. “MarineQuest went from being a summer camp to my summer employment every summer I was in college. Through my experiences at MarineQuest I was able to enjoy and learn at camp and then return and help to share my passion and love for marine science with new campers and staff.”

Jason is now a PhD student of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island.

Dani Ferraro attended Ocean Lab (x2), OCEANS, and Oceans-17 as a camper, and also moved from a Sea Scholar to MQ instructor.

“I remember the very first time I held a fish – as a camper with Ocean Lab. It was scaly and slimy and I never looked back from there,” Dani told us. “The boat days were always my favorite – from learning about sustainability fishing to catching octopus and sharks!”

Dani now works full time for Fembank Museum of Natural History as an Interpretive Ranger in their forest. She also works at the Georgia Aquarium as part of their sleepover staff.

Look for more #flashforwardfriday stories on MarineQuest’s Facebook.

If you are a former MarineQuest camper, over age 18 and have a story to share, MarineQuest would like to hear from you! Send an update to marinequest @uncw.edu.

New Ads Promote UNCW’s Pre-College STEM Programs

New efforts are underway to promote UNCW’s MarineQuest and Engineering Expectations nationally.

Harris Muhlstein, MarineQuest school program coordinator, joined the UNCW Admissions Office at the National Association for College Admission Counseling STEM College Fair in New York in October, and MarineQuest has introduced a series of ads to promote UNCW’s pre-college STEM programs in marine science and engineering. The ads appear in the 2017 Guide to STEM Colleges and Careers handed out to 5,000 students attending STEM College and Career Fairs in Silicon Valley, New York City and Houston this fall. The ads will also be shared digitally with 90,000 Teen Life subscribers.

Registration for 2018 Summer Camps  is Now Open

UNCW offers more than 30 MarineQuest summer programs for youth between the ages of four and 17. Registration for 2018 summer camps is now open! For information or to register, visit the website.

Engineering Expectations is UNCW’s official engineering outreach program. Visit the website for information or to register for summer camps, weekend programs and educational school programs.