Marine Bio Day Open to Students

Honduras.jpgHigh school students interested in diving into the world of aquatics will soon have the opportunity to experience one of Central Methodist University’s fastest-growing majors on Marine Biology Day. Scheduled for March 26, the admissions event will feature a day full of informational and hands-on activities, including a crash course on SCUBA.

The agenda for the day includes registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcome and introduction to faculty and staff. Attendees will then split into groups to explore specific realms of the marine biology world at CMU, where there will be opportunities to compete for stackable scholarships worth up to $5,000.

In the specialized marine biology classroom, the visitors will hear from current Central students about their experiences both in and outside their classes and will have a chance to participate in a hands-on sea urchin lab. At the pool, Professor Greg Thurmon will give a safety talk and a lesson on SCUBA. Visitors will also receive special gifts at certain stops along the way.

Thurmon is looking forward to the opportunity to give students insight into the program, saying, “You'll get a clear understanding of how the program benefits our students, experience our living marine laboratory, and participate in an authentic, hands-on lab.”

Throughout the day, students will learn what makes Central’s marine biology program both unique and important. CMU is engaged in a coral reef restoration project with Roatan, Honduras, where the program has set up its own coral propagation tree and has started a new coral reef region. This will be a continuous project into the future. Students who study marine biology at Central have the chance to visit exotic locations, become SCUBA certified for life, and gain hands-on experience in a high-demand field of study.

Registration for the event is open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum number of students is reached. Priority will be given to high school seniors and juniors if the number is exceeded. For more information or to register, visit

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