Florida Keys

Research-based After-School Program for Students (RAPS)

The Research-based After-School Program for Students (RAPS) offers high school students the exciting opportunity to take part in hands on marine research and conservation work focused on coral reef ecology and health. Program participants have the unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field of marine science while carrying out their own research projects focused on the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. Program participants take part in bi-monthly meetings to learn about key topics in the study of corals, and work alongside Mote scientists and educators, in the field and lab, to develop their own research questions and experiments. They also collaborate with their peers to share their findings with the public in an effort to educate their community on the importance of coral reef conservation.

This program is designed to provide authentic research based opportunities for high school students and is perfect for students who are interested in marine science, passionate about ocean conservation, and are ready to take part in a research program. Program participants commit approximately 8 hours a month to this program during the school year, including participation in bi-monthly meetings held in Key West, FL. Additional service and/or field research components occur throughout this program time period.

Current high school students in Key West and the surrounding areas are eligible to participate in this program. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year program. Please complete the application below by September 28, 2018 to be considered.

Questions? Contact Mote Marine Laboratory Youth Programs Specialist, Robin Sarabia at rsarabia@mote.org


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1452538. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in  this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect  the views of the National Science Foundation.