New Jersey Forms New Regional Student Section
Introducing the newly formed New Jersey Student Section of the Marine Technology Society. In an effort to offer students more flexible ways to engage with the Society, we are piloting a new organizational structure for Student Sections, a regional approach.
On July 31, students and advisors from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ), Stockton University (Galloway, NJ), Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) and Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) visited RUCOOL (Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership) for a tour and kickoff event for the New Jersey Student Section. Students and advisors met one another, toured the Glider Laboratory and COOL Lab facilities (https://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/) and learned more about the opportunities available with an MTS Student Membership.
The goal of the regional section is to take advantage of the facilities located at the participating campuses, exposing students to various marine technologies, and to begin to build their professional networks across the region.
Each school will take turns in hosting students and events during the year to promote travel, tours and participation in events, and deployments of marine technologies, including glider recovery cruises, ADCP surveys, and geological surveys.
This is a pilot program to test the new model. If successful, we would like to roll out the model in other regions to generate a more flexible approach for student membership and opportunity.
Author: Liesl Hotaling, Marine Technology Society Vice President of Education.