Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Otter Point Creek, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Harford County, Maryland

Applications must be received by4/1 (deadline extended).

Background:  The Otter Point Creek Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (Maryland Reserve) co-sponsor summer research internships open to qualified undergraduate students who conduct a summer research project within the Otter Point Creek Component of the Maryland Reserve. 

The Otter Point Creek Component is one of three sites that comprise the Maryland Reserve. It contains 704 acres of upland and riparian forest, tidal freshwater marshes, streams, creeks, submerged aquatic vegetation, and open water. Otter Point Creek is located in the tidal headwaters of the Bush River in Harford County, Maryland.

Possible Research Topics:  Otter Point Creek is an ideal site for a broad range of research topics with a diversity of habitats (tidal freshwater marshes, SAV beds, and riparian and upland forests). Students can work with the Reserve's Research Coordinator and the Park Naturalist to develop their own research projects. The topics are listed below:
  • Freshwater Zooplankton Research
  • State-Rare Wetland Plant Study
  • Statistical Analysis of Water Quality
  • Mapping Vegetation in the Marsh

Anita C. Leight Research Interns get research support from trained personnel. They receive a stipend as well as access to research equipment and supplies.  For more detailed information about the projects, please contact Kriste Garman, Park Manager, at 410-612-1688 or via email at ksgarman@harfordcountymd.gov.

Qualifications:  Internships are open to qualified undergraduate students who are capable of working independently with minimal supervision. Students should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable working in physically challenging environments.  The successful applicant is expected to develop an expanded detailed proposal, conduct independent research, and provide a final report, public presentation and newsletter article for the Otter's Tale, about their project within one year of completing their project. Students are also encouraged to incorporate education and volunteer opportunities, if applicable, into their research efforts.

Qualified applicants should submit the following:
1) a short proposal (five or less single spaced pages that includes a title, hypotheses, methods/procedures, objectives/goals of study, and references) see template and example
2) copies of unofficial transcripts
3) two letters of recommendation and
4) a one-page resume.
All applications must be received by April 1. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Financial Support  The Otter Point Creek Alliance will provide a stipend totaling $2,000 in four equal installments of $500. Final payment is made upon the receipt of the final report. In addition, the Chesapeake Bay Reserve will provide up to $500 for supplies and/or sample analysis. Interns should figure on working a minimum of 20 hours a week for a minimum of three months during the summer.

Send complete applications to:
Kriste Garman, Park Manager
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road
Abingdon, MD 21009

For more information contact:
Kriste Garman at 410-612-1688 or ksgarman@harfordcountymd.gov or explore the website.