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Studying aboard

Sept. 5, 2013 — Junior Meghan Owings spent last summer at the beach, but not sunbathing or swimming. She was studying populations of mole crabs, reef-building worms and other marine life, learning different scientific techniques along the way.

“I loved it,” said Owings, who conducted the fieldwork as a summer intern in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). “It definitely confirmed that I’m in the right field.”

Owings has the opportunity to continue the work this fall by spending a semester at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, along with a dozen fellow undergraduates majoring in marine science at CEOE. The Semester-in-Residence Program has grown rapidly since the major was introduced two years ago, offering students hands-on research experience and advanced coursework.