Why Should I Do a Project at Leeward CC?
OCN 201 students can volunteer for a marine-related
independent study project. By completing a project you will learn
new skills, such as research techniques, Web design, management
techniques, digital photography, or video production, that can aid
your professional and academic careers.
Learning new skills can increase your marketability
when you seek a job. Also, the completion of an independent study
project distinguishes you - you did something that most other students
do not do - and enhances your resume, this is especially important
if you will apply for a selective baccalaureate or graduate program.
Independent study projects help you stand out from other applicants.
What Does a Project Require?
Projects are designed to be completed in one semester.
Students can complete a project as a MOP Skills Project, an independent
study course, or simply as a volunteer. To obtain college credit
for a project, you must work with the oceanography instructor or
another mentor to write a project proposal. Once the proposal is
accepted and a timeline determined, you work on the project under
the guidance of your project mentor to accomplish the goals outlined
in the proposal.
Which Project Could I Do?
The oceanography instructor has several projects available,
some of which are ongoing and others that have not started. You
can either join a current project or work with the instructor to
design a new project.
Here are several projects need students:
If you are not interested in any of these projects,
you can propose a project to the oceanography instructor. If your
proposal is feasible, the oceanography instructor will act as your
mentor or help you find one.
How Do I Begin?
The first step is to talk to the oceanography instructor
about your interests and the type of project you would like to do.
Once an agreement on the type of project is reached, you will work
with the oceanography instructor to write a project proposal.
To earn credit for the project, you have two options.
You can enroll in OCN 101, which is offered during the fall semester.
In OCN 101 you design, write, and obtain approval for your project
proposal. With additional courses, this route will allow you to
earn a MOP certificate, essentially a minor in marine studies. For
more information talk to the oceanography instructor and pick up
a MOP brochure, or talk to the MOP coordinator, Frank Stanton, BS
If you would rather do the project as an independent
study outside of the MOP program, you can design a project worth
1-4 elective credits.
If you have questions, contact the oceanography