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Grice marine LaboratoryThe Grice Marine Laboratory (GML) is a research, education, and outreach facility of the College of Charleston, located at Fort Johnson on James Island, South Carolina.  As part of the Biology Department, it is the home of a nationally-recognized Master’s level Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB), the oldest undergraduate major in Marine Biology on the East Coast, and a long-standing (since 1992) summer program in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  In addition to housing research laboratories and classrooms, GML has a small dormitory facility that is occupied exclusively by REU interns during the summer program.

Fort Johnson is an historic landmark that was the site of both Revolutionary and Civil War activities.  Since the 1950s it has been a 78-acre campus devoted to marine science, located only 8 miles from downtown Charleston.  At Fort Johnson, the Grice Marine Lab partners with four other resident institutions—the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC-DNR)—in a cooperative effort devoted to marine science, with expertise ranging from taxonomy to genomics.  These partners take on students from our REU and graduate programs and contribute to the Hollings Marine Lab (HML) consortium on the Fort Johnson campus.  Facilities across campus include indoor and outdoor classrooms, research laboratories, the Marine Resources Library, research vessels, and animal holding facilities.  The main downtown campuses of the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina provide additional sophisticated core library and research facilities that are readily accessible to students in the REU program.

Downtown Charleston is a rapidly growing port city that retains the charm of its long history and rich cultural influences. Nearly a half million people inhabit the metropolitan area. The city is dedicated to the arts and is renowned for its Spoleto Festival USA. The South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston is a spectacular exhibit of regional aquatic organisms.  The Charleston area has accessible beaches and is known for its recreational activities centered around the ocean and inland waterways.  Its cultural offerings and near-tropical climate help to make Charleston one of the top travel destinations in the world.