Domestic Offsite Program; faculty-led research (credit-bearing), serving many campus priorities including research, education, and outreach.
Established in 1966, Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a seasonal marine field station located on Appledore Island, Maine. SML is cooperatively managed by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The Appledore Island campus is a self-sufficient, residential facility where participants and staff all live together in a close-knit learning community. SML's academic, research and outreach programs run from May through August to accommodate off-campus study for undergraduates.
40-50 Cornell undergraduates and graduate students participating in the program every year. In addition, over 200 students from other universities also participate in academic courses, research internships, and outreach activities each summer.
Travel Logistics and Checklists
- students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to/from the dock in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the beginning and end of each program (6-hour drive from Ithaca to Portsmouth, NH).
- Most students use personal vehicles, public transportation, or taxi services rather than Cornell Fleet Vehicle rentals for transport.
- students’ lodging is based on a number of factors including nights on island. All summer programs are residential on Appledore Island.
HR and Staffing
- 15 seasonal employees are hired to support summer courses and operations, in addition to the 10 full-time & part-time team members who work year-round.
- Over 30 teaching faculty are paid $170/day, plus room & board and travel each summer for their support to the programs.
- Graduate TAs are paid $100/day, plus room & board.
- Seminar speakers are provided room & board and travel reimbursement.
- Facilities are all covered by Cornell or UNH and all Cornell travelers are covered by Cornell’s risk liability policy. All SML staff are covered by UNH risk liability policies (this includes faculty and TAs).
- Cornell carries and SML pays for a separate boat insurance to provide additional coverage during program use (please obtain from Craig McAllister firstname.lastname@example.org).
- All students need to provide proof of health insurance before they’re able to participate in the program. In addition, students must fill out a specialized health form (attached).
- Students and all island visitors fill out safety waivers (release indemnification) and multimedia release form before participating (attached).
- All visitors involved with diving and other water based activities need to comply with SML Dive Safety Policies.
- The Shoals Marine Program has created three separate policy/conduct handbooks for students (attached), faculty, Teaching Assistants, Research Internships, and staff, in addition to an emergency plan (please contact SML for examples). These plans are updated frequently.
- All forms are in compliance with ADA policies of Cornell and UNH.
- SML maintains its own budgets (with oversight from Cornell and UNH) and thus, program purchasing is covered by SML directly.
- SML maintains a high speed internet connection from UNH thus providing direct access to Cornell and UNH online resources from the island.
Interview with Jennifer Seavey (CALS), Executive Director, Shoals Marine Laboratory