Since the inception of the Pauley Summer Program in 1983, there have been over 300 student participants from 28 countries and 6 continents. In addition, US faculty and students have come from over 27 different states to participate in the Summer Program. On average, there has been almost a 1:1 faculty to student ratio and 1:1 male to female student ratio in past Programs. Approximately 94% of student participants have gone on to pursue a career in marine science. Many are now university faculty, while others are research scientists for government agencies and non-profit organizations around the world. Several past student participants that are now facullty have sent their students to the Pauley Summer Program or have started similiar programs at their universities modeled on their experience at HIMB.
A wide range of scientific topics have been covered during the past Pauley Summer Programs including coral biology, fish endocrinology, marine mammal audiometry, plankton community dynamics, elasmobranch ecology, marine disease, and aquaculture. Faculty and researchers give seminars and instruct students in new field and laboratory techniques. Faculty members frequently use the facilities of the Institute to further their research, or to obtain specimens from our tropical environment.
Students are nominated by the professors attending the Program, but students may be selected independently as well. The scientific productivity of Pauley Summer Program students is extremely high; a 2009 survey of forty past participants yielded 197 authored or co-authored publications that directly or indirectly resulted from their experience in the Edwin Pauley Summer Program. A Web of Science search revealed 2,186 primary citations of only 118 of those publications.
The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology is located on Coconut Island, in Kane'ohe Bay, Oahu. It includes student dormitories, temporary faculty residence suites, a large state-of-the-art laboratory, a fleet of boats for conducting field work, and a surrounding coral reef. Students and faculty typically live on Coconut Island for the duration of the Pauley Summer Program. The University of Hawaii, with a well-equipped scientific library, is just a 30-minute drive from the Institute. A shuttle boat takes visitors between the parking lot and the island.
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