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SEA Semester-Woods Hole, MA (4)

Professor Yoshii on the SSV Cramer in the Spanish Mediterranean summer 2014
Professor Yoshii on the SSV Cramer in the Spanish Mediterranean summer 2014.

Subjects: Oceanography, Nautical Science, Maritime Studies

Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA; junior-level standing, interest in science, demonstrated maturity.

Length: Semester--Fall or Spring (12 wks), Summer (8 wks).

For up-to-date information on the whereabouts and activities of our vessels, check out the daily report on the SEA Web site at:

Credit: Up to 17 semester hours or 4.25 Albion College units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit). Credit is apportioned on the 2 components of the program in this way: 2.25 Albion College units for Shore component; 2.00 Albion College units for the Sea component.

Faculty: All of SEA's faculty hold doctorate level degrees. SEA's nautical science faculty are licensed professional Master Mariners who teach nautical science on shore and go to sea as masters of the vessels. The Oceanography faculty teach oceanography on shore and go to sea as Chief Scientists on board the vessels. SEA's Maritime Studies faculty teach maritime studies on shore, providing the humanities focus of ocean study. The SEA faculty is augmented by visiting scholars and lecturers. These men and women have all worked at sea and understand the challenges and rewards of living in and studying the world offshore.

Housing: Cottage dormitories during the shore component, on board a sailing ship during the ship component.

Costs Not Covered by Albion: Transportation to/from Woods Hole; transportation to/from ship (varies depending on which cruise selected); books; board on shore; incidentals.

As early as possible as Sea Education has a rolling basis admissions.

Faculty Advisor: Ruth Schmitter, Putnam 054, 517-629-0379,

Comments: Designed for students with or without oceanographic background or career interests. The program is in two parts: a 6-week shore component that provides classroom-based instruction in theories of sea life; and a 6-week Ship component on board a sailing ship that emphasizes learning through participation and practical experience. Some financial aid is available through the SEA Semester program. See program brochure for more details.

Elizabeth Dorr
SEA Semester Admissions Office
Sea Education Association
P. O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543 Telephone: 800-552-3633, ext 770
Fax: 508-540-0558

Rae S. Corliss, '23, Endowed Pleiad Prize

This prize is awarded each year to the student(s) who have made the greatest contribution to the Pleiad in editing, writing, reporting, layout, photography, online editing, graphics, distribution, and/or business management.

This prize is made possible by donors Dr. Glenn A. Corliss, ’61 and Nan D. Corliss, ’63.

Awardees include:

  • 2016 Awardees

    • Beau Brockett
    • Clare Kolenda
    • Natalya DiCiac
  • 2015 Awardees

    • Alexa Hyman
    • Clare Kolenda
    • Spencer White
  • 2014 Awardees

    • Claire Van Raaphorst
    • Kurt Miller
  • 2013 Awardees

    • Nicholas Diamond
    • Travis Trombley
  • 2009 Awardees

    • Kyle Gillis
  • 2008 Awardees

    • Christie Piper

Brittany Middlebrook

Brittany MiddlebrookBrittany Middlebrook, Gerstacker Institute Coordinator

BA, 2014, Michigan State University

Office: Robinson 106
Phone: 517/629-0418

Brittany is a linguist whose primary interest is the relationship between language and culture. Her foreign language studies have included French, German, and Spanish (with wholehearted optimism to study more)! She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Michigan State University, where her desire to work in higher education was ignited. Brittany has always been an advocate for diversity and education – working previously in the Admissions department at Baker College of Jackson. From this experience, her passion for student development and success rapidly grew – resulting in her enthusiastic step to become a part of the Albion College team. Brittany resides in Jackson and enjoys hiking, rollerblading, cooking, and traveling in her spare time.

Kim Tunnicliff Endowment

Kim TunnicliffKim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.

Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.

2014 Recipient

Utrata2smallDavid Utrata, ’15

David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.

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