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Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station
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The Florida Gulf Coast University
Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station

5164 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134

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Michael Parsons, Ph.D.
Phone: 239.590.7526

Bob Wasno
Facilities Manager, Vester Field Station
Phone: 239.738.6222

Student Opportunities


Vester Field Station Internship Award

Student OPSFlorida Gulf Coast University is pleased to announce the availability of internships at the Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station for deserving students to gain hands-on experience in conducting research. Interns will work with a scientist on a specific research project at the field station (a list of potential research projects and mentors are available elsewhere on this website). The hands-on laboratory or field experience will add a valuable dimension to your education; employers are increasingly expecting to see an internship on a student’s resume.

Internships may be paid or unpaid (depending on availability of funding to the specific mentor) and may receive academic credit or not (at the student’s home institution). Many of these internships will not require on-site housing. However, FGCU and the Vester Field Station offers awards to certain deserving students that covers on-site housing (bunk beds). As a condition of its support, FGCU will request award recipients to produce a report at the end of their internship summarizing their training and accomplishments.

The first step is for students to review the type of research that is carried out at this Station (see our “Research” page) and select a possible faculty mentor carrying the type of research that interests you.For more information on what our former interns have published, please visit our "Student Research" page.

The next, and most crucial, step is for the student to contact that faculty mentor and determine if they currently have on-going research that requires extra hands and if they have any funding (i.e., to determine if this will be a paid or unpaid internship).

If the faculty mentor agrees to take on the student and the student would like to apply for the Vester internship award that covers on-site housing (bunk bed) at no cost for the specific duration the student is serving as an intern, the student should complete the application paperwork below.


  • Summer - 40 hours per week, 10-16 weeks
  • Academic semester - 20 hours or less per week, minimum of 12 weeks to maximum 16 weeks, based on academic semester calendar

Student OPS


  • Applications are welcome from undergraduates or post-baccalaureates from any academic institution; members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Students with at least a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Foreign nationals who attend an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Selection will be made by the mentor of the specific research program on the basis of the applicant's academic record, aptitude, research interests, and submitted recommendation. Strong preference will be given to students with truly exceptional academic records and potential for making outstanding contributions to the research.

QUESTIONS? Contact or call 239 590-7527.

Application Form

Please read these instructions carefully and complete this application form in its entirety. In an effort to reduce paper consumption, you are encouraged to submit the application materials via email. In addition to the form below, applications should also include the following:

  1. A one- to two-page personal statement that describes: a) your interests in the specific research program (and mentor), b) your reasons for applying for a Vester Internship Award, and c) why you should be selected for internship. (This can be sent as a Word document or a pdf file)
  2. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are satisfactory; if your name and the name of the school appear in your online account, you may upload screenshots as your unofficial transcripts (sent as a pdf file, saved from your school's website as a jpg or png image or an htm file, copy-and-pasted into a Word document). We strongly encourage electronic submission via email. If your school's grading scale differs from the 4.0 scale, please include an explanation of that scale.
  3. One (1) letter of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and, if possible, research skills. College or university faculty or research advisors preferred. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly from the person writing the letter, preferably via email as an attachment or in the body of the email; letters will NOT be accepted if sent from the applicant's email.
  4. A resume or curriculum vitae (2 page maximum) describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.

It is the student's responsibility to assure that all materials have arrived on or before the deadline. Please email materials to in the suggested formats above with your last name in the title (example: Lastname_Firstname transcript).


  • Name
  • Date of birth (MM/DD/YY)
  • Gender (Used only to assign housing)
  • Current mailing address
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Primary Email


  • College or University currently attending or most recently attended
  • City or town
  • State/Province
  • Country
  • Year of study (at time of internship, not application) Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Graduated Graduate School
  • Major field of study


  • Please indicate the duration (in weeks) that you wish your internship to be.
  • Please provide the earliest date that you could begin an internship.
  • Please indicate the latest date by which you would need to end your internship (e.g. if you begin school in the fall, have another internship lined up, etc.)
  • Please select the program of study and mentor (see website for programs of study) for which you wish to be considered.


Final reminder: Application materials received by the deadline will be given priority over those received after the deadline. If your materials arrive late, you may be asked to reapply for another session. Please note the deadlines listed below:

  • Summer (May, June, July start dates) deadline: March 1
  • Fall (Aug, Sept, Oct start dates) deadline: June 1
  • Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan start dates) deadline: September 1
  • Spring (Feb, March, April start dates) deadline: December 1