2017 School Testimonials

RachelThanks for your response to the needs of scientists in the developing world. You have left us stronger, more equipped, and more exposed to knowledge in oceanography than we were before the summer school. You have indeed increased and developed my academic skill and capacity building. You have given me wings to fly and to embrace a new approach in my academic career. I have been enriched, fulfilled, and I promise to impart the knowledge to all my students, both graduate and undergraduate, and also encourage other researchers to key in to the subsequent summer school programs. You have equipped my Nigerian students for better performance and injected us with knowledge that will forever strengthen our ability. Above all, the Oceanography Summer School 2017 is the best academic experience that I have ever had throughout the 27 years of my academic career. — Prof. Rachel Toyosi Idowu, University of Abuja, Nigeria

2016 School Testimonials

From Ghanaian participants:

Kwame“The Summer School has been and continues to be a great experience. It provided the platform for an appreciation of our environment and the dynamics that come to play, both at micro and macro levels, of physio-chemical, biological, geological and  mathematical orientations and interactions. As a future researcher and academic, it has helped me better comprehend the advancements and inter-disciplinary works geared towards understanding and inputs in making our environment sustainable and safer. I look forward to more episodes of the summer school  sessions and future collaborative works.” –Kwame Nyamekye Jr., KNUST student




“Besides the Summer School being well structured and organized the atmosphere was conducive and friendly.  I appreciate the opportunity to meet the rising generation of educational scholars and to spend time with established scholars in the field readily available and accessible.  The research talks  and getting feedback on my own research was fulfilling.  The advice given was very constructive and positive.  Indeed, it was a very valuable and memorable experience.” –Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo, B.S., RMU, 2013


“My research work is centered on conducting stock assessment of some commercially important seabreams from our Ghanaian waters. I wanted to find out how oceanographic data could be linked to the dynamics of this fish stock. I’m considering looking at sea surface temperature, chlorophyll a and salinity. My problem was how to get assess to such data. The summer school made me realize that I could get whatever information I needed from satellite data and didn’t have to go through long protocols or procedures to acquire them from the institutions responsible for such data in Ghana.”  –Michelle Clottey, UCC student

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“The summer school helped me see better the link between fisheries biology and environment data, and concepts of stratification and density gradients became far more easily understood. I have been challenged to make use of satellite imagery and data to make scientifically sound inferences and come up with accurate predictions. I would love to return.” –Jemimah Etornam Kassah, UCC student


AWUAH ALBERTThe 2016 Summer School held in the University of Ghana has been a great experience and very helpful. Lectures and well prepared power point presentations on coastal ocean topics helped to elaborate some important concepts of the coastal ocean. Had the chance to work with diverse students from different academic disciplines on the practical field trip and exciting lab works that greatly enhanced my knowledge and skills. I loved the opportunity to meet new friends and establish a great relationship with leading international scholars, faculty, researchers and professionals. I am really thankful for this great experience and I look forward to more summer schools. —Awuah Albert, Univ. Ghana student    


From University of Michigan research assistants:

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My two weeks in Ghana assisting with the summer school and completing independent research on electronic waste recycling at Agbogbloshie was incredible and life-changing. Learning about oceanography topics from leading international scholars during the school as well as meeting and speaking with Ghanaian students, faculty, and professionals greatly enhanced my knowledge of environmental subjects.  I am very thankful for this great experience!” –Anne Canavati, University of Michigan, B.A.


“Working and learning in Ghana was wonderful. I enjoyed assisting at the summer school – the professors, Jayson at UGstaff, students were very nice and welcoming.  I had a great time also researching electronic waste. It was great being able to go in the field, apply knowledge and meet with various government agencies, non-profits, and other entities to come up with a solution to the electronic waste recovery that benefits everyone. The situation in Agbogbloshie and electronic waste in general is complex and requires a lot of support. I am glad to have had the opportunity to take part in a project that can help people in the future. My time in Ghana is one of the most memorable and important events I have been a part of; because of it I have gained lifelong connections and experiences that I will never forget.” –Jayson Toweh, University of Michigan student

“I had an amazing time assisting at 10432954_10152482257208252_8285977606985381051_n (1)the summer school. The lectures were quite interesting and the labs provided a more hands on approach to learning. Additionally, I was surrounded by incredibly intelligent faculty and students from whom I learned a lot. While in Ghana I was also completing a research project on jatropha biodiesel. Being at the school helped me make connections for my project as well as deepened my understanding of natural resource management issues in Ghana. Overall, my time in Ghana was wonderful!” –Liz Oliphant, University of Michigan student 

help“The opportunity to have traveled to Ghana as a part of Brian and Adam’s team was something that I will always be thankful for. Being a part of the classroom dynamic, performing our own research, and experiencing the wonderful culture and people of Ghana allowed this trip to be as successful and positive as it could have been. I couldn’t be happier that I got to experience everything that we did and saw during our stay in Ghana.” –Jess Hicks, University of Michigan, B.S. 

“The opportunity to study in Ghana was tremendous. Working alongside my Ghanaian peers toward a better understanding of the country’s environmental challenges made it abundantly clear that no sustainability issue exists in a vacuum. The complexities of our planet, our politics, and our economies link us together – even when an ocean apart. Though I had heard such sentiments in many lectures at UM, seeing these connections first hand has changed my outlook on the world and our environment. Also, the fufu was excellent.” –Erich Eberhard, University of Michigan student

From anonymous feedback:

“The summer school was good and very essential.”

“I enjoyed the diversity of topics treated and the inclusion of practicals to enhance better understanding of the subject matter.”

“The laboratory experiments were superb.”

“The diversity of topics treated and the inclusion of practicals to enhance better understanding of the subject matter was great.”

“I really enjoyed every bit of the summer school. The field trip was great as well as the lab sessions. The course instructors were very friendly and lovely.”

“I really enjoyed the school and will be very happy if more of these are organized in different schools.”

“The lab sections were practical and interesting.”

“Overall, it was a great school and I really enjoyed it. The lab sessions and practicality of the school helped clear some abstract things I still had in mind and made me understand better.”

“The school has been enlightening and inspirational.”