National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation funds scholarships and internships

Graduate student Liberty Boyd collects data on a juvenile green sea turtle. Photo courtesy Liberty Boyd

Healthy sea turtle populations are critical to the protection of the world’s oceans.

Sea turtles maintain seagrass and coral reef ecosystems, provide habitat for marine life, balance marine food webs and help cycle nutrients from water to land.

Thanks to support from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation (NSTSTF) FIU undergraduate students are leading efforts to better understand the role sea turtles play in ocean ecosystems.

As part of two distinct awards, NSTSTF is building FIU’s capacity to support research related to the conservation of sea turtles.

The NSTSTF Undergraduate Scholarship Award will provide $8,000 to two undergraduate students who are performing research relevant to the conservation of sea turtles. These funds can be applied toward research-related travel, conference travel, materials and supplies, and student tuition and fees.

The application package for the NSTSTF Undergraduate Scholarship Award includes the following:

  • A 500-word abstract of the planned research project.
  • A 1,000-word summary of the proposed research project.
  • A 500-word personal statement that includes the student’s career goals, aspirations and research interests.
  • A detailed budget and justification that clearly describes how the student plans to use the funds.
  • CV or resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of unofficial transcript.

The NSTSTF Rehabilitation and Outreach Award will provide $2,500 stipends to support three students who are participating in sea turtle rehabilitation and outreach efforts through internships. This can include internships at any zoo or aquarium, relevant nonprofit organizations or other local entities performing sea turtle rehabilitation and outreach.

The application package for the NSTSTF Rehabilitation and Outreach Award includes the following:

  • A 500-word abstract of the planned sea turtle rehabilitation and/or outreach efforts.
  • A 500-personal statement that includes the student’s career goals, aspirations, and research interests.
  • CV or resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a representative of the organization the student plans to work with).
  • A copy of the student’s unofficial transcript.

All application packages must be formatted into one PDF and emailed to Catherine Guinovart, coordinator of administrative Services for the Coastlines and Oceans Division in the Institute of Environment before Dec. 22.

To learn more about FIU’s partnership with the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation and for more information on how to apply for the awards, visit the Institute of Environments’ National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation Award page.