Student Application: Please Join Us On The VISIONS’20 Seagoing Expedition

Roger Revelle Research Vessel Docked

-- Note: Students will no longer be going on this cruise. --

We are looking for students interested in the UW Sea-Going Research and Discovery course (OCEAN 411). This at-sea course will provide you direct participation on a global-class research ship using a state-of the-art underwater robotic vehicle (ROV). The expedition will take place July to August aboard the 274-foot R/V Roger Revelle and will utilize the deep diving ROV Jason. We will be working at depths of up to 9500 ft beneath the ocean’s surface and at >300 miles offshore. There cruise will include 4 Legs of ~ 8-10 day duration: students may apply for 1-4 legs. The ship will depart from and return to Newport Oregon. There are no costs for participation on the cruise and transporation is provided from - to Seattle. You will have the opportunity to work in the ROV control van, experiencing dives first hand, as well as working on deck and taking/processing water samples. You will work along side a team of UW scientists, engineers and the ship and ROV teams.

The worksites include methane seeps off the Oregon margin; Axial Seamount (the largest and most active submarine volcano off our coast); active hydrothermal vents hosting novel animal and microbial communities, and along highly productive coastal environments off Newport, Oregon. At these sites, you will witness environments rarely seen by humans and amazing animal life.

You will conduct your own research and/or outreach projects using data and stunning imagery collected with some of these advanced technologies. The course will emphasize the importance of science communication during your time at sea. During Fall quarter, you will have the opportunity to finish your individual and/or team projects and present your results in a symposium at the end of the quarter. Longer term projects are available as well, which may turn into publications in national journals and allow you to give presentations at national meetings.

As a member of this oceanographic expedition and class, you will be taking part in maintenance of the US’s high-power and high-bandwidth underwater ocean observatory that is directly connected to the Internet – the Regional Cabled Array funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Here, over 150 instruments are streaming data and imagery live, 24/7/365 at the speed of light to shore. These data are avalible to a global audience, allowing you to explore and make your own discoveries. You will be participating in a truly groundbreaking effort that continues to transform ocean sciences and exploration.

Submit the application provided on this web site via email by March 17, 2020 to Dr. Deb Kelley (; 206-685-9556) or drop off at Room 261, Ocean Teaching Building.


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