Educational Institutions

Sea Education Association, Inc.

  • Woods Hole, MA
  • http://www.sea.edu

Mission Statement

SEA is an educational institution dedicated to exploration,
understanding and stewardship of the oceans, and to studying the relationship
between humans and the oceans. SEA offer students an interdisciplinary
curriculum, on shore and at sea aboard tall ships, that provides challenging
voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor, and personal
growth.

Main Programs

  1. SEA Semester
  2. SEA High School Summer Seminars

ruling year

1980

President

Self-reported

Ms. Margaret Brandon

Keywords

Self-reported

marine science, sailing, nautical science, education, maritime, marine

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EIN

04-2702102

 Number

1662801909

Physical Address

171 Woods Hole Road

Falmouth, 02540

Also Known As

SEA Semester

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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SEA prepares its students to assume responsibility for the
stewardship and sustainability of the oceans; it is recognized for excellence
in education about the oceans and the interface between humans and the oceans;
and it contributes to the knowledge about the state and health of the oceans
and their coastal communities, through long-term research at sea and on land.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

SEA Semester

Sea Semester is a
12-week program offered to students in several sessions throughout the year.
Sea Semester offers undergraduates a unique experience of studying off-campus
and offshore while earning a full semester of college credit. Sea Semester integrates
marine science, maritime literature, history and policy, and practical
seamanship with deep-water oceanographic research. Students begin the 6 week
shore component of their studies on our campus in the scientifically renowned community
of Woods Hole, MA. A combination of lectures, hands-on-workshops, small group
discussions and field excursions are part of a challenging multi-disciplinary academic
program ashore and at sea. Students complete their program at sea onboard one
of two 134 foot sail training vessels in the Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean.  Students
act as full members of the sailing crew and scientific team, operating all
aspects of the vessel while completing self-designed oceanographic research
projects.  Since SEA’s founding, more than 7,300 students have participated
in its programs from over 278 colleges and universities. Over 50% of our
students receive some form of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive
aid directly from SEA.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,013,859.00

Program 2

SEA High School Summer Seminars

SEA High School Summer Seminars are modeled after our undergraduate SEA Semester program. The Seminars are divided into two sections: a shore component and a sea component. During the shore component, the students conduct environmental studies both in the classroom and in the field (coursework varies by program). During the sea component, students take responsibility for and participate in all operations of a modern sailing research vessel. It is this experience - the immediate and practical application of new found knowledge - that sets SEA apart from other shipboard education programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$406,793.00

Funding Needs

SEA is influencing a new generation of students whose understanding of and appreciation for the world’s oceans will have a positive impact on our future. SEA depends upon the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends to sustain the quality of its programs, provide scholarship funds for prospective students, attract and retain quality faculty members, provide state-of-the-art research sailing vessels as platforms for learning, and maintain a residential campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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SEA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Sea Education Association, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Ms. Margaret Brandon

BIO

Peg Brandon became SEA’s Interim President in mid‐September 2013, and was appointed President in March 2014. She has worn many hats at SEA, including student, crew, nautical science faculty, captain (1986‐2002) and, for five years, Director of Marine Operations (1998‐2002). Peg led SEA’s Marine Department while expanding vessel operations into the Pacific and during construction of Robert C. Seamans, refitting Corwith Cramer and laying the groundwork for the sale of Westward. Peg has served on SEA’s governing board since 2006 as an Overseer and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2010‐2013.

In 2006 Peg was appointed professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy after serving in various roles in the marine pollution response sector. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs (Policy and Law) from the University of Rhode Island.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Susan E. Humphris

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