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NARRAGANSETTâ€”The University of Rhode Islandâ€™s research vessel Endeavor returned to port this past Tuesday, number 500 in the shipâ€™s long career of transporting scientists throughout the worldâ€™s oceans and reporting back millions of pieces of quality, oceanographic data. The most recent trip, however, took a step further by bringing undergraduates along to experience life onboard conducting research.
â€śIt was a unique experience for us because all of our students at the GSO have Bachelorâ€™s degrees,â€ť said Dr. David Smith, Associate Dean at GSO. â€śWe are trying to give undergraduate students the opportunity to see how it is to work at sea doing real science.â€ť
â€śThe undergraduates were just out there willing to help and interested in learning,â€ť he added.
Smith and Chief Scientist Dr. Thomas Rossby took five undergraduates out on the Endeavor for a week-long sojourn to research the Gulf Stream. Along with two post-doctoral students, the expedition was divided into three projects which took the Endeavor from Rhode Island Sound down to northern edge of the Sargasso Sea.
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