Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies supports marine and environmental science and education at the University of Southern California. The institute has offices on the USC campus in Los Angeles and manages the USC research laboratories and conference facilities on Catalina Island.

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Catalina Semester

Students who take part in the Catalina Semester live on Catalina Island for the entire spring semester and take selected courses in environmental studies and biology. The courses are designed to make use of the special environment on the island, and students have the opportunity to conduct independent and directed research under the mentorship of USC faculty and visiting faculty.

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sm compass Linda Duguay | 213.821.1335 | email: duguay@usc.edu

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A partnership between the University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Quiksilver, Inc. to improve science education through students' love of the ocean. The Quickscience Challenge is a multi-faceted competition for student teams designed to spark their interest in science, the oceans, and aquatic environments. The Challenge also seeks to foster leadership qualities in young people through environmental awareness and stewardship. There are two Challenge competitions, one for middle school teams (grades 6-8) and one for high school teams.

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sm compass http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/quikscience/

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National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB)

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition creates teams of high school students across the United States and tests their knowledge of topics related to the study of the oceans. The competition encourages the students, along with their teachers and parents, to learn more about the oceans and to raise public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.

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sm compass http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/nosb/

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The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science and Technology Center on the deep biosphere. The mission of C-DEBI is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins. A multi-institutional distributed center establishing the intellectual, educational, technological, cyber-infrastructural and collaborative framework needed for transformative experimental and exploratory research on the subseafloor biosphere.

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sm compass http://www.darkenergybiosphere.org/education/goals.html