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FAU Harbor Branch Attracts Ocean Science and Engineering Interns from Around the World

BOCA RATON, FL (May 21, 2012) — Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will host 21 interns beginning today with the opportunity to carry out research projects in aquaculture, marine natural products chemistry, ocean engineering, coral reef ecology and marine biology.  During the 10-week internship, each student will work with a Harbor Branch faculty mentor to devise, develop and complete an independent research or development project. At the end of this highly competitive internship, each intern will produce a written report and give an oral presentation before the Harbor Branch faculty.

Six FAU students are represented among the group that also includes students from the University of South Florida, Florida State University, Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Tennessee, Florida Institute of Technology, Bard University, Montclair State University, Silesian University of Technology, and Wageningen University.  This year's interns include students from Bulgaria, Colombia, Netherlands, Poland and China.

Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Harbor Branch research professor and coordinator of the program, describes the internship as "a hands-on opportunity for students to work and learn alongside experienced professionals and 'test drive' the career for which they are preparing themselves in college."

Now in its 39th year, the summer intern program is funded primarily by the Link Foundation, which was founded by Edwin A. Link and his wife, Marion C. Link.  Edwin Link was the famed inventor of the flight simulator, holder of 27 patents, and central figure in Harbor Branch's early development. Through this foundation, the Links established the summer intern program to give young minds "an opportunity to develop their own genius." Support for the program also comes from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation, which funds interns selected to work in the Harbor Branch drug discovery and biotechnology program.   This year, the Barrows Family Charitable Fund joins these long-standing supporters by funding an internship.  In another first for the program, Florida State University is sponsoring one of its own students to participate in the program.


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans.  Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit .

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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