Multicultural Students At Sea Together

A multidisciplinary program for students to explore the Chesapeake Bay!

Spend 4 weeks under sail, studying marine science, policy, and the heritage of African and Native Americans on the Chesapeake Bay!

Participants will leave from and return to Hampton University, in Hampton, VA. The program will cover travel, to and from home to Hampton, and food expenses. In addition you will receive a $1,000 stipend. Hampton Students electing to earn college credit will be responsible for paying their own tuition.


Students will explore the Chesapeake Bay while living aboard a 53-foot sailboat. They will study marine science, marine policy, the heritage of African Americans and Native Americans on the water, and learn how to sail the vessel. Twelve students will be selected for the program. Most of the students will have a background in science and be looking toward careers in some aspect of marine or environmental science or policy. Students majoring in history or a related field who have particular interest in this area may also apply. We will strive to have a diverse and balanced crew consisting of undergraduate and graduate students with broad interests that intersect around the issues addressed above. We also seek to have an ethnically diverse crew, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others. Ninty-six students have completed the program since 2000. The project is designed to yield a challenging and rewarding experience for the participants. It is a working cruise with all crewmembers expected to pull their full load. It is not for the soft or pessimistic. It is for those who are looking for adventure, personal growth, hands-on learning experience, and the rewards of functioning as part of a team. We sail the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay , with visits scheduled at various laboratories, museums, cultural institutions, government agencies, and commercial fishery establishments. Along the way the crew will complete a scientific study of the Bay's water quality, with emphasis on oxygen depletion in bottom waters. We carry kayaks for exploring creeks and rivers.

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  • Live aboard and operate a 53-foot sailing vessel
  • Conduct scientific studies of the marine environment
  • Reclaim the heritage of African Americans under sail
  • Study the policies that impact the Chesapeake ecosystem
  • Visit scientific laboratories, museums, commercial fisheries, cultural institutions and government agencies
  • Learn from some of the top experts in their fields
  • Join a crew of multicultural students from across the nation
  • Earn undergraduate or graduate college credit
  • Earn a $1,000 Stipend
  • Who is eligible? Undergraduate and graduate students with a sincere interest in Marine Conservation and the heritage of African Americans and Native Americans on the water should apply. Applicants must be ready for adventure, strong of heart and mind, and find joy in living on a cramped boat under the rules of the sea. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents.
  • Cost? All expenses, including roundtrip airfare to Hampton, are paid by the program!

Supported by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration