This fantastic opportunity offers burgeoning student real world experience in a working laboratory and in-the-field research experience. This translates into being a more desirable research assistant and graduate student. The fluid nature of field work and the challenges faced like changing weather, equipment failure, successful teamwork, and on-the-fly solutions to problems that arise give each student working knowledge for future use in a working lab, research facility, or medical field.
Working in a Lab
The physical lab itself functions as a proper research facility which includes new chemical fume hoods, a dry lab, a wet lab, non-slip flooring, chemical safety such as emergency showers and eye wash stations, various marine research equipment for testing salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen, and much more. The facility resides in a beautiful Florida marine environment that transitions from a pine and palmetto hammock to a salt marsh seawall with fiddler crab, shore birds, and even bald eagles!
Additionally, the sea wall opens up on to a salt water basin that is visible from the back of the facility. There are serious discussions being held on how to repair (or replace) an on-site dock for student and professor use in the future.
The utilization of this facility gives our students a competitive advantage in an ever growing scientific and medical workforce. The Bay Pines STEM Center is just one example of how SPC strives to enable every student to achieve success.
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