TFMS Student to Attend USC Marine Science Summer Program
Shelby Johnson, an 8th grade student at Twin Falls Middle School (TFMS), has been accepted into the High School Marine Lab Experience through the University of Southern California’s (USC) Wrigley Marine Science Center this summer.
Shelby was inspired and encouraged by her brother who enjoyed this experience in 2013. She will join 20 other students on Catalina Island, California, for a week-long fully-funded marine science program this summer from June 23-29, 2015. Shelby was selected from over 90 applicants from around the United States for this exciting opportunity to learn more about Marine Science.
The 2015 summer program offers high school students opportunities that incorporate field studies and an understanding of research and technology used by USC's Center for Deep Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). The six-day program will engage students in building and using underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to study marine sediments and the microbes living in these sediments. Students will learn about oceanographic features such as currents and buoyancy, and engage in water-based activities (snorkeling, kayaking, and using ROVs) as well as land-based investigations. There is no financial cost to the participants as funding is provided by C-DEBI, a USC Sea Grant, and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
"I had a great time on the trip to Catalina to study marine biology, and am glad Shelby will be able
to have this experience. I met some really interesting people and enjoyed learning about how much
robotics is involved in the marine sciences,” said brother Caelan, who attended the summer of 2013.