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Student Opportunities

Want to join SARC for great experience as a student?

Many of our day-to-day workers are student volunteers, interns researchers earning course credit, or CWSP (work-study) employees earning extra money. Check out the details here, then contact the Curator for more info about becoming a volunteer, intern, or employee; contact any of SARC faculty about current research opportunities.

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Interested in collaborating about the biological, chemical, mechanical, ecological, sustainability, economics, or data-management aspects of aquaponics?

Research at SARC often involves interdisciplinary collaborations, much like the aquaponics ecosystem is highly interconnected. Heather Joesting and Anthony Siccardi have active research programs at the facility, including analysis of plant phytochemicals in aquaponics and use of biomass from algal turf scrubbers for fish food. More information about their research is available here, including recent collaborations with other faculty. Please contact them directly with any questions about future collaboration.

Community Connections

Are you a K-12 teacher or Savannah local looking for more information about aquaponics? Interested in visiting SARC with your students? Heard about us from someone who attended STEMFest or a Field Experiences day through the i2STEMe center?

We provide field trips and advice on a variety of topics about aquaponics, and are in the process of building a continuing education program for aquaponics at Georgia Southern University.

More information about our community outreach is available here, or if you’re looking for resources, several free resources are listed here.

Students and community members unloading bags full of donated produce.
Students and local business owners unloading donated produce during the 2019 COVID pandemic

Potential Learning Outcomes from SARC Experience

General: Maintain laboratory and greenhouse systems; employ appropriate techniques to facilitate rigorous scientific experimentation & replication using independent systems; monitoring environmental and water quality parameters; techniques for harvesting produce for sale

Hydroponics: Basic plant care and maintenance for optimal biomass production; planting seeds and transplanting seedlings according to seasonal planting guides; monitoring plants for pathogens, pests, nutritional deficiencies; organically treat plants for pathogens and pests; maintain nutrient supplementation regimes

Aquaculture: Basic fish husbandry and maintenance for healthy, optimal biomass production; adjust and maintain appropriate water quality; monitor fish biological parameters; rearing and enhancing the growth of fish eggs and fry; monitor fish for symptoms of disease and stress; assist with treating fish for disease

Marketing: Develop and update marketing materials; Enhance and build marketing of SARC food; Enhance and expand SARC website; Update relevant news and staff information regarding aquaponics and SARC; Expand online presence and visibility via social media and student organizations

Last updated: 6/7/2021