Rhode Island Teacher-At-Sea

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The Rhode Island Teacher-At-Sea (RITAS) Program is designed to establish sustainable partnerships between ocean scientists, researchers and teachers who live and teach in Rhode Island. Teachers selected for the RITAS Program will become part of a scientific research team conducting ocean science research during a cruise aboard the RV Endeavor.

As an educational component of the Rhode Island ENDEAVOR Program (RIEP), the RITAS Program is dependent upon the continued support from the State of Rhode Island.


Application Information:
  • There is no application deadline unless otherwise noted.
  • Applications may be reviewed as received.
  • Applications will remain open and active and applicants will be considered for placement throughout the duration of the program.
  • There is no fee.

Educator Essentials:
  • K-16 educators, both formal and informal, of all disciplines (science, technology, art, math, english, history) are invited to apply.
  • RITAS Program applicants must be:
    • A Rhode Island resident and U.S. citizen (with a valid passport should the research experience be outside U.S. waters)
    • Currently employed in Rhode Island as a full time K-16 educator
    • In good health (certain research experiences may require that applicants participate in physically challenging shipboard environments)
    • Familiar with electronic networks and have an active email address accessible from home
    • Agreeable to speaking to journalists and public audiences concerning their involvement in RITAS

Teachers-At-Sea participants are expected to:
  • Meet with host researchers at URI prior to the cruise
  • Carry out training and shipboard responsibilities as requested by the host researchers. This may include preparing journals and daily cruise logs for posting on the R/V Endeavor website during the cruise.
  • Transfer their research experiences to their classroom
  • Assist in promoting the RIEP by presenting their experiences to the public, by speaking with journalists, and presenting their experience at school committee meetings, or in any other venue that is deemed appropriate.


Cruise FAQ's:

  • The duration of research experiences will be three days to three weeks, depending on the nature and location of the research.
  • If you are selected, your Social Security Number may be requested.
  • Many of the cruises will cover more than one of the disciplines relevant to oceanography: biology, ocean engineering, geology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Specific information concerning the R/V Endeavor's facilities and emergency contact will be given to each cruise participant prior to the beginning of the cruise.
  • The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) administers the RITAS program.
  • Questions should be directed to Maryann Scholl, mscholl@uri.edu


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