Maury Project Workshop Details

Workshop Details

July 8-20, 2018
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland

With assistance from:

  • United States Naval Academy
  • California University of Pennsylvania- Cal U
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States Navy

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 ways in which these concepts can be employed in school studies
  • Prepare for 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

Cost and Resources:

Upon acceptance, each participant is required to pay an academic fee of $105 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
  • Analyze and interpret oceanographic information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the ocean environment
  • Understand current science education research findings and their classroom applications
  • Form plans to promote oceanographic education in their home regions through in-service training of fellow teachers, especially those who teach students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences


Workshop Components

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

Activities typically extend from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT each day. A day long excursion is planned for Saturday, July 14th. Sunday, July 15th 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, Associate Professor and Chairman, Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD
  • Andrew C. Muller, Associate Professor of Oceanography, USNA
  • Chad M. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania, Curriculum Development Coordinator & DataStreme Lead
  • 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 pre-collage science 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 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 promoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Procedures

All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be emailed (, faxed (1-800-258-1176), or mailed to:

Wendy Abshire, Co-Director
The Maury Project
American Meteorological Society
1200 New York Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

All completed applications should be submitted by March 19, 2018. 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 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.


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 American Meteorological Society 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 2018 should be directed to