There are several different internship and research opportunities within Marine Science that are available in Reykjavik: Marine Species Variation, Reproductive Biology, Behavioural and Physiological ecology, Population Genetics, Marine Biogeography and Phylogeography, Morphology, Diversification of Marine Species and more.
We want you to have hands on experience in these leading research groups and organizations. The experience will help you continue to solve these generational challenges as you look to graduate school and your professional career.
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see natural untouched beauty! From glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and the sea, you will want to see it all - and you can!
Reykjavik is a lively town with fantastic music and art. It's also home to some of the best environmental research in the world. From the geological conditions, diverse biological and ecological environments, their investments in renewable energies, it is one of the best locations to research in the world!
In addition to the fantastic experience you'll have, there are also three excursions included in the program. This allows you to learn and see more of Reykjavik and Iceland!
Grace goes to Smith College and interned in research in Biology at the University of Iceland!
What type of program did you experience?
I was involved in research focused on exploring if there are phenotypic and genetic differences significant enough between common whelks from Iceland and those from Canada to declare them separate species. I primarily focused on data processing and analysis while in Iceland and learned R studio on the job. In addition to analysis, I was involved in lab work and learned how to run PCRs, perform gel electrophoresis, and DNA extractions. I also got to dissect a few whelks which was really cool!
How was your coordinator Jon?
Jon was fantastic. He was so welcoming and did his absolute best to make sure that things were going great for us. Jon was a lot of fun on the excursions that we went on and explained a good amount about the areas that we traveled to. He was always reachable and made time for us to get to know him!
Would you recommend the program?
I would! If you are looking for a guaranteed placement with housing and the opportunity to make connections with professors as well as other students this is a great way to go!