BUMP has formed Academic Partnerships with internationally-renowned marine science institutions in order to expand opportunities for students and faculty alike.
Founded in 1969 (the very same year as BUMP!), the New England Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, a major public education resource, and a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. Located on the Boston waterfront, the Aquarium maintains more than 50 exhibits, including the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, housing thousands of marine animals in conditions that closely replicate their natural habitats. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue, and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working on projects around the globe. Aquarium researches serve as instructors in two of BUMP’s Marine Semester courses, and BUMP faculty team with aquarium scientists on joint research projects. Numerous BUMP students have undertaken internships at the aquarium, including two recent students who served as dive interns in the Giant Ocean tank.
Managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Stellwagen Bank is one of only 14 sites in the National Marine Sanctuary System. Encompassing 842-square-miles at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, the sanctuary was established to preserve the recreational, ecological, historical, research, educational, and aesthetic value of a spectacular marine ecosystem. The sanctuary supports a dramatic aggregation of “megafauna”, including bluefin tuna, dolphins, harbor seals, humpback whales, minke whales, and northern right whales. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is also home to a variety of research projects, including several involving BUMP professors. BUMP collaborates with the sanctuary to offer two Marine Semester courses, both which involve student projects aboard the sanctuary’s primary research vessel, the R/V Auk, a 50-foot double-hulled catamaran. Its office, research vessels, and facilities are located in Scituate, MA.
The Sea Education Association (SEA) is the premier undergraduate education institution dedicated to the study of the ocean environment and its relationship to the Earth and to human affairs. Located in Woods Hole, MA, SEA stimulates a unique learning opportunity through intensive coursework and practical experience acquired both ashore on their residential campus and at sea aboard deep-ocean sailing research vessels. The SEA Semester is a 12-week study abroad program for undergraduates that combines academic study on shore with a sailing research voyage at sea. Each SEA Semester includes foundational coursework in oceanography, maritime studies, and nautical science, and is designed to offer a multidisciplinary platform from which to study our oceans. The program offers 17-18 credits through Boston University.