2019 Student Conference

Are you a student passionate about our oceans? Do you hope to pursue a career in marine science? Have you already done a project in your school or community related to the health of our waters?

We invite you to join scientists, educators and students for the 2019 NMEA student conference. Throughout this one-day event, students will have the opportunity to explore issues in the marine environment, network with professionals in the field, and learn more about related career opportunities. Students who have a project to share are invited to participate in the Student Poster Session (see below for more information).

Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham
When: Wednesday July 24 8:00-5:00
Intended Audience: 7th - 12th grade
Cost: $45 (includes NMEA membership)


  • Network with Local marine science professionals

  • Learn about the latest advancements in marine science research and conservation

  • Enjoy a one-year membership to the national marine educators association

  • Explore careers in ocean science

  • Meet other students who are passionate about our oceans

Conference registration

Students must first register as a NMEA member (see instructions below.) Once this is complete, please use this link to register to attend the conference!

Student Poster Session

Call for Abstracts

Calling all 7th and 8th grade and high school who would like to present their Marine Science Projects. We invite you to present at the 2019 National Marine Educators Association at UNH in July 2019.

Have you helped identify invasive species? Researched the water quality of your river? Helped your school ban straws? This is an excellent opportunity to present your research or project to an audience of both students and adults, practice your presentation skills, make connections with other, inspire more great work, and add a presentation citation to your resume/CV.


  • Current NMEA membership (registration for the conference includes a membership)

  • Current middle school (7-8 graders only) and high school.

  • Presentations should fall under the following categories

  • Marine education project

  • Original marine-related research project

  • A marine-related stewardship project in your community or school (you may present a work in progress)

  • The presentation can be a group or individual project

How it Works

  • Poster Presentations: To submit a poster presentation, submit the online form below.

  • Poster presentations will take place in the main exhibit hall during one of the break-out sessions.

  • If you are interested in including a demonstration as part of your presentation, please indicate that you need a table on the online form.

  • Presenters must also register for the Student Conference or the full NMEA conference

  • Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate student research session proposals will be accepted on a ROLLING basis until all spots are filled.

Your NMEA 2019 Student Conference Registration includes a free 1-year NMEA Student Membership!

 Here are steps to become a member today! If you have questions, email us at registration@gommea.org

  1. You will need to register first as an NMEA Member here

  2. The first screen you will see is Choose your level of participation in NMEA

  3. You will choose “Student” and then click “Continue”. a) You will be asked to created a username and enter your first and last name. b) After you do this, hit “Continue” and you will then select the Student — $25.00  STUDENT: any full time student. 1 year--$25 membership level.

  4. Hit continue and you will be taken to Step 2: Member Information. Here you will fill in a password and profile information. (note: for Professional Information section you can fill in your school information).

  5. After you fill in this information, hit “Submit.” After you hit “Submit” you will be taken to a Membership Dues page. You will see a box for “Promotional Code”.

  6. Enter the code NMEA19_studentmember and then hit “Apply Code” and the student membership fee of $25.00 will be deducted. Your current balance will be $0. Scroll down to the bottom and hit “Submit Securely”.

  7. You are now an NMEA Student member and can register for the Student Conference