Maury Project Workshop Details

Workshop Details

July 14-26, 2019
Annapolis, Maryland

With assistance from:

  • United States Navy (Office of Naval Research)
  • California University of Pennsylvania- Cal U
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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 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
  • Encourage participation in AMS DataStreme Ocean Mentor Teams

Cost and Resources:

Upon acceptance, each participant is required to pay an academic fee of $150 payable to the AMS Education Program. This fee is non-refundable.

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 oceanographic topics and issues
  • Show evidence of being able to interpret and analyze oceanographic information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the ocean environment
  • Understand current science education research findings and their classroom applications
  • Indicate how they intend to promote oceanographic education in their home regions by peer training fellow teachers, especially those who teach students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences

Workshop Components

The Maury Project is held in Annapolis, MD. This intensive workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. Faculty members from the 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

Activities typically extend from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT each day. A day long excursion is planned for Saturday, July 20th. Sunday, July 21st will be free for sightseeing and rest.

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.

Workshop Staff

  • Wendy Abshire, Co-Director, Maury Project, Director, Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
  • David R. Smith, Co-Director, Maury Project, former Associate Professor and Chairman, (retired) Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD
  • Joseph P. Smith, Co-Director, Maury Project, Assistant Professor, Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD
  • Chad M. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania, Curriculum Development Coordinator & DataStreme Lead
  • Suzanna G. Riblett, Science Teacher, Baltimore, MD
  • Sallie M. Smith, Science Teacher, Baltimore, MD

Special speakers will include oceanographers and senior scientists and administrators from NOAA, The U.S. Navy, and NASA.


The Maury Project summer workshop will be held in Annapolis, MD, located at the mouth of the Severn River. 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 science at the K-12 level should:

  • Have sufficient college-level training to benefit from the material presented
  • Teach or supervise the instruction of oceanography or an applicable course
  • Demonstrate leadership in teaching, curriculum development and/or the training of fellow teachers
  • Promote teaching of oceanography in their home regions, including a minimum of two training sessions for pre-college 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 promoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedures

2019 Application form now available!

Click here to learn how to apply to the Maury Project.

All completed applications should be submitted by April 1, 2019. Initial notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made via email.

In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, the AMS 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.

Academic Credit

Participants who complete all course requirements, including the submission of a follow-up report on their two peer-training sessions, will earn three semester hours of graduate credit in EAS 515: Selected Topics in Ocean Science Studies through the California University of Pennsylvania.

Credit will be awarded upon successful course completion and may be applied to a post-baccalaureate certificate from California University's School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Participant Support

  • Stipend of $600
  • Housing for twelve nights on the St. John's College campus
  • Meals
  • Round-trip 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 AMS, as the workshop will be intensive and 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 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.


Questions regarding the Maury Project 2019 should be directed to