This book is the account of a completely unique set of experiences in American higher education in which 12 graduate students in the sciences apply to participate in a series of cruises aboard the Te Vega, a 134 foot sailing vessel. None of the students had ever before been on a large, ocean-going vessel. The cruises were all organized around the normal quarter-system academic period of Stanford University. Three faculty members recruited from around the world were also recruited to be involved in the training of each of the students in marine biology and biological oceanography. Each student was also encouraged to organize and pursue an individual research project that might be carried back to his or her home institution to serve as the basis for a masters or doctoral level thesis or dissertation.