All volunteer research projects must address a critical seasteading need. We are particularly concerned with investigating near-term challenges facing early seasteading ventures, and in providing a generalizable body of knowledge that reduces uncertainty for entrepreneurs and investors, thus accelerating the budding of a for-profit seasteading sector.
Who Should Apply
We are seeking intelligent, motivated, university-level students who are willing to explore uncharted territory and tackle practical seasteading-related problems. Different questions and topics will require different levels of knowledge and experience, but the main qualifications are the ability to research and write clearly. Ideal applicants should have some background knowledge of the topic in question, as well an interest in the promoting seasteading or seastead-related technology.
We are also recruiting students to serve as liaisons for our Students program at their universities, who would spread the word about volunteer research by either distributing information to relevant on-campus clubs, or hosting a formal or informational session.
Independent Study Requirements
Most university departments offer credit for independent study, allowing students to pursue a wide range of projects as long as a link can be drawn between the research topic and the academic discipline in question. Check your school’s course catalog (example) or department’s website (example), and contact an adviser to find out your options. Most schools have a form that must be signed and approved by a department head, and sometimes by a faculty advisor as well.
There are several keys to getting a project approved, although the specifics vary by institution and department. Most schools have a form that must be signed and approved by a department head, and sometimes a faculty adviser as well. Often, students are required to submit a proposal detailing the nature of the project, the relevance to their major, etc. Although the specifics vary by institution and department.
Finally, students in their last year of college who are considering a more ambitious project may consider writing their thesis on a seasteading-related topic.
Some schools offer credit for in-person and remote internships, both of which are also available through The Seasteading Institute’s volunteer research program, although you do not need to be receiving school credit in order to pursue an internship. The agreement between the student and the Institute will work the same way as under an independent study project, with the student providing a deliverable over a predetermined time period and the Institute providing feedback, resources and additional support. The application process is also the same. Once we approve your application, we will comply with any school paperwork requirements, and provide the necessary documentation to confirm the internship arrangement.