MacWatters Internship in Aquatic Science

Dr. Robert C. MacWatters


Dr. Robert MacWatters founded the fisheries and wildlife technology program in 1971 where hundreds of fisheries and wildlife students were trained during his 15 year tenure.  During this time, Dr. MacWatters was also a visiting researcher at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station at Cooperstown, where he studied The Fishes of Otsego Lake, publishing a popular occasional paper on the subject that is still used today.


It is in his remembrance that the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station and SUNY Cobleskill offer a 10 week internship in Fisheries/Aquatic Science each year at the field station.  Selected interns exemplify scholarship, community service, dedication to education in the sciences and the willingness to help others in their research; qualities Dr. MacWatters was known for. 


Interns select a project, formulate a hypothesis or research question, design a sampling regime, collect pertinent data and publish a paper on the subject.  Frequent talks on the project at various stages are required.  Interns receive a stipend of around $2000.  Recent interns have presented their research at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore in 2002.