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Dr. James A. Brey
Maury Project
American Meteorological Society
1200 New York Ave NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-737-1043
Fax: 202-737-0445

Dr. David R. Smith
Maury Project
c/o Oceanography Dept.
U.S. Naval Academy
572 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
Tel: 410-293-6553
Fax: 410-293-2137


Maury Project Summer Workshop Training

Exploring the Physical Foundations
of Oceanography

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Summer Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Oceanographic Topics

July 12 - 24, 2015

United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland

United States Naval Academy

With assistance from:

United States Naval Academy
State University of New York - Brockport
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
United States Navy


July 12 - 24, 2015. Application Closing date March 20, 2015

Workshop Components
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Selection Criteria

Application Procedures
Academic Credit
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Application Forms

The Maury Project is a two-week teacher professional development workshop designed for precollege teachers and supervisors of science who teach, or supervise the teaching of, units with significant oceanography content.

The workshop is intended to:

    • Introduce teachers to the physical foundations of oceanography

    • Explore and suggest ways in which these understandings and concepts can be employed in school studies

    • Prepare workshop attendees to conduct training sessions on selected oceanographic topics and issues for teachers in their home regions during the next school year

    • Possibly participate in DataStreme Ocean Local Implementation Teams.

    Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

    After successful completion of workshop activities, participants will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical foundations of selected oceanographic topics and issues.

    • Show evidence of ability to analyze and interpret oceanographic information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the ocean environment.

    • Exhibit understanding of current science education research findings and their classroom applications.

    • Indicate plans to promote oceanographic education in their home regions by taking part in the in-service training of fellow teachers, especially those who teach students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences.


    The Maury Project is held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD. This intensive workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips.  Faculty members from the USNA, Navy, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as other scientists and science educators will present workshop topics.

    The workshop will focus on the physical foundations of oceanography and include the following topics: 

    • Waves and tides

    • Density and wind driven circulations

    • Sea-air interactions

    • Physical factors impacting ocean life

    • Changing climate, sea levels and coastlines

    • Ocean reservoir capacity

    • Sea level measurement

    • Direct and remote sensing

    • El Niño and La Niña

    • Winds, storms, hurricanes, and storm surges

    Activites typically extend from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day.  A day long excursion is planned for Saturday, July 18th. Sunday, July 19th will be free for sightseeing and rest. Applicants need to be aware that the Chesapeake Bay can be a physically demanding environment for marine studies. Walking a half-mile or more in summer heat and high humidity conditions is routine several times each day.


    • James A. Brey, Co-Director, Maury Project, Director, Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC

    • David R. Smith, Co-Director, Maury Project, Associate Professor and Chairman, Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD

    • Andrew C. Muller, Associate Professor of Oceanography, USNA

    • Robert S. Weinbeck, Associate Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, State University of New York College at Brockport, NY

    • Donald E. McManus, Science Teacher. Annapolis, MD

    Special speakers will include oceanographers and senior scientists and administrators from NOAA, Navy and NSF.


    The USNA Oceanography Department will host the workshop.  The USNA has the most extensive undergraduate oceanographic instructional facilities in the country.  The department consists of fourteen faculty members, seven laboratories, a fully equipped 108-foot oceanographic research vessel, and two visiting faculty research positions.

    Located at the mouth of the Severn River, the Hendrix Oceanography Laboratory is a multi-function enclosure featuring a NOAA Tide Station and a wet laboratory, which circulates water from the Chesapeake Bay.  Another laboratory complex located in Rickover Hall houses the physical, geological, biological, and general oceanographic laboratories. Rickover Hall also houses the Cooperative Project in Oceanic Remote Sensing Laboratory, a joint USNA/NOAA effort.

    The Greater Chesapeake Bay region is replete with natural sites and oceanographic research facilities.  During the workshop, research cruises will be made on Chesapeake Bay, NOAA research facilities will be visited, and a field trip will be made to places of oceanographic significance in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area.


    To be eligible for The Maury Project, teachers and supervisors of precollage science should:

    • Have sufficient college-level training to benefit from the material presented

    • Teach supervise the instruction of oceanography or an applicable course

    • Demonstrate leadership in teaching, curriculum development and/or the training of fellow teachers

    • Help promote the teaching of oceanography in their home regions, including a minimum of two training sessions for precollege teachers upon completion of the workshop

    Participants will be selected to provide a national geographic distribution and a cross-section of school environments (inner city, urban, suburban, and rural).  Teachers interested in pormoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.


    All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be sent to:

    Dr. James A. Brey, Co-Director
    The Maury Project
    American Meteorological Society
    1200 New York Ave., NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20005

    or faxed to:


    All completed applications should be postmarked by March 20, 2015, although late applications will be considered if workshop vacancies exist. Initial notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made by letter.

    In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, the American Meteorological Society will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and status as a Vietnam Era or disabled veteran.


    Participants will may earn three semester hours of graduate credit in ESC 672 Selected Ocean Topics through the State University of New York College at Brockport, upon satisfactory completion of the workshop and the submission of a follow-up report of their two peer-training sessions. Credit will be awarded at the end of the Fall 2015 semester and may be applied to the Master of Science in Education degree at SUNY Brockport.


    • Stipend of $600

    • Housing for twelve nights on the St. John's College campus

    • Meals

    • Round-tirp air or land travel from US home to Annapolis, MD

    • Instructional and laboratory supplies

    • Tuition

    • Set of instructional materials


    Participants will be expected to stay in housing accommodations arranged by the American Meteorological Society as the workshop will be intensive and will involve several evening meetings. Informal interaction among participants during meals, evenings, and on the weekend will be an integral component of the workshop. Housing will be located on the St. John's College campus, immediately adjacent to USNA and within walking distance to instructional facilities. Most meals will be provided via a meal plan with St. John's.

    St. John's College was founded in 1696 and its campus is a National Historic Landmark. Downtown Annapolis, with its many sights and restaurants, is close by. Participants should attend without families as their presence is likely to detract from full participation. No support will be provided for dependents.

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The Maury Project is an initiative of the American Meteorological Society in cooperation with the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and is directly supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR Grant No. N000141410148). Past support came from the Teacher Enhancement Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. ESI-9353370). NOAA provides in-kind support for the Maury Project summer workshop.

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