VISIONS'15 Student Cruise
45 students learn aspects of seagoing research, ship ops, and life on a research vessel.
Each year, as many as 45 students work and study alongside UW researchers and crew to learn all aspects of seagoing research, ship ops, and life aboard a research vessel.
During the VISIONS15 expedition, 19 undergraduate students from the University of Washington, Grays Harbor College, and Western Washington University will participate in at-sea activities. For many, this will be there first time at sea and a life changing experience. For over two decades, the University of Washington has enabled at-sea experiences for undergraduate and graduate students through cruise participation.
The UW has continued its commitment to providing 15 days of ship time per year to the OOI Regional Scale Nodes Observatory effort using the 274' global class Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson. Each year, as many as 45 undergraduate and graduate students work and study alongside UW researchers and the ship's crew to learn all aspects of seagoing research, ship operations, and life aboard an oceanographic research vessel.
During the cruises, students develop projects around the use of robotic vehicles, mapping, and linkages among geological, biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic processes. Students share their experiences with the public through daily blogs. The VISIONS'15 cruise continues this tradition of taking students to sea.