USC Students Do Underwater Research in Guam
Imagine spending several weeks diving in the clear waters of Guam and Palau, making scientific measurements in forty feet of water on the reefs of Micronesia. Now imagine getting to do it with some of your closest friends. Now imagine getting college credit for it.
That is exactly how a group of fourteen undergraduate students from the USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences has been spending their summer, in a program that is part of the College's "Problems Without Passports" program. The students spent their weekends during the spring semester at the USC Catalina Island Wrigley Marine Science Center learning how to scuba dive. They gathered again on Catalina on July 28, traveled to Micronesia on August 1, and will return to Los Angeles on August 16, just in time for the start of the fall semester.
The students are accompanied by Dr. David Ginsburg (Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Biology), who is the instructor of record for the course, teaches in the Environmental Studies Program and has extensive experience working as a scientific diver in Micronesia, and Prof. Jim Haw (Ph.D. in Chemistry), Director of the Environmental Studies Program, who is a technical, recreational and scientific diver.
The students and instructors have been writing about this unique class at the USC Diving blog.