First-year students take part in marine sciences boot camp, Free Press reports

The Free Press reported the University of Maine recently held its fifth Boot Camp at UMaine in Orono and the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The three-day orientation program is for first-year students in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, which offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in marine biology, physical science and aquaculture, according to the article. Thirty students spent time in, on and under the water with UMaine faculty and staff who will be their instructors for the next four years, the article states. The session started in the pool at Orono with an introduction to scuba diving. At the DMC, students were introduced to the Damariscotta River estuary, shellfish aquaculture and fisheries science, and learned about summer internship opportunities and the Semester by the Sea program, The Free Press reported.