Think Arctic! – A Very Special Award for 2015

Posted: 4 October 2014
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Filed Under: Our Fair, Special Awards

New Very Special Award for 2015 

USCGC HEALY Icebreaker

USCGC HEALY Icebreaker

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center Internship

At any given time, the Coast Guard’s RDT&E program is working on more than 80 projects that support Coast Guard requirements across all mission areas. The RDT&E program is comprised of the Office of RDT&E at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the Research & Development Center (RDC) at New London, CT. The RDC is the Coast Guard’s sole facility performing applied RDT&E experimentation and demonstrations.

For the 2015 Fair, the Research and Development Center is offering a three-week internship with a Project Manager at the RDC conducting field tests.  The exact nature of the internship will be finalized after a student is selected and will be dependent upon the RDC current project activities.  Depending on scheduling and available funding, the anticipated project will provide the student with an opportunity to travel and participate in testing onboard the USCGC HEALY in the Arctic. Parental consent would be required to travel.  The selected student will be one of three high school students who will shadow their agency-provided chaperone to partake in Operation Arctic Shield 2015 and conduct technology evaluations on board the USCGC HEALY with the RDC science team.

Deploying Unmanned Undersea Vessel

Deploying Unmanned Undersea Vessel

For award consideration student project research should focus on how to improve the effectiveness and/or efficiency of Coast Guard operations when conducting missions in the Arctic environment.  The project should include understanding the affects of summer sea ice retreat on the Arctic and its impacts on Coast Guard operations. Only High School students are eligible.

Information on Coast Guard missions that will be conducted in the Arctic can be found at:

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Information on the capabilities of the USCGC Healy can be found here:

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