Student Application for VISIONS18

Eye in the Sky View of the Roger Revelle

This was not an ordinary day, it was a day of growth and encouragement; if this is what it’s like to be a scientist, traveling to depths no one has seen before, 300 km off the western coast of the U.S., then I wouldn’t change it for the world.

VISIONS18 Application

Submit the application provided on this web site via email by March 5, 2018 to Dr. Deb Kelley (; 206-685-9556) or drop off at Rm 261, Ocean Teaching Building.

VISIONS17 Students at Sea

This outreach video was created by Willem Weertman, a UW School of Oceanography undergraduate who participated on Leg 1 of the VISIONS’17 program. The video is meant to serve as a visual guide to what students experience and learn when they join the annual UW VISIONS at-sea experiential education program that is part of the NSF-funded Cabled Array Ocean Observatories maintenance expeditions. During Leg 1, GoPro cameras were used to capture time-lapse imagery of most shipboard operations. These time-lapse videos, in concert with still photos and drone footage, were used to assemble the final product. Please, sit back and enjoy the show!

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 June 20 to August 5, 2018 aboard the 274-foot R/V Roger Revelle and will utilize the ROV Jason. We will be working at depths of up to 9000 ft beneath the ocean’s surface and to>300 miles offshore. The sites 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.

There are no prerequisites for this class - it is open to all students, transportation to/from the ship is provided, and all costs are covered except 3 credits tuition for Ocean 411 Fall 2018.

Participation is open for one to all four legs of this expedition. Each leg is ~ 10 days in length. You will work alongside world class scientists, engineers, and the ship’s and ROV crew to gain at-sea research and sea-going experience using advanced oceanographic research instruments and vehicles. You will conduct your own research and/or outreach projects using data and stunning imagery collected with some of these tools. 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 that may turn into publications in national journals and pesentations 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 140 instruments are streaming data and imagery live to shore 24/7/365 that are available for 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 5, 2018 to Dr. Deb Kelley (; 206-685-9556)
or drop off at Room 261, Ocean Teaching Building.