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For the ten years it was funded by the National Science Foundation, the COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico (COSEE CGOM)
was a unique collaborative hosted
by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and its J.L. Scott Marine Education
Center. Other partners included the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and its Estuarium, the
University of Florida (UFL) and its Natural Museum of History and Florida Sea Grant
College Program, and Mississippi State University and its Computer Technology Center.
Other collaborators included the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), the Marine Technology Society (MTS),
the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the respective State Science Teachers Associations within the Gulf
of Mexico, and the State Departments of Education and Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS).
What COSEE CGOM Accomplished:
- “Bridged the gap” between ocean and coastal sciences research and the
relevance of those data to a broad range of audiences via informal centers
(museums, aquariums, and science centers)
- Engaged scientists in professional development programs through two-day
workshops to three-week “face to face” and virtual institutes
- Developed inquiry-based ocean science lesson plans for middle
- Provided opportunities at sea for formal and informal educators
aboard U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ships to work “side by side”
with civilian surveyors
- Enhanced workforce diversity through programmatic recruitment efforts
||How COSEE CGOM Operated:
- Expanded and leveraged collaborations through regional partnerships with
agencies and organizations with similar missions
- Enhanced living and static exhibits within the four informal centers, thereby
creating a more ocean literate citizenry within the Gulf of Mexico
- Involved program participants in short- and long-term evaluations and
- Enhanced the COSEE CGOM website with resources and programmatic
Former COSEE CGOM Programmatic Efforts
Each year, COSEE CGOM hosted two two-day workshops, each involving forty formal and informal educators and the
general public, and two summer institutes, involving five to seven teams of middle school teachers and scientists.
COSEE CGOM personnel also had many opportunities to demonstrate the relevance of ocean and coastal
sciences research to visitors at four informal science centers within the region through interactive exhibits, resource
materials, documentaries, complementary brochures and posters, guided and self-guided tours, and structured programs
ranging from 45 minutes, three hours, overnight, and one to three weeks. COSEE CGOM also made presentations at
local, regional, and national meetings of NMEA, NSTA, and other professional organizations.
For more information, contact COSEE CGOM Director Sharon H. Walker at email@example.com.