Marine Biological Laboratory Experience

Marine Biological Laboratory Experience

Marine Biological Laboratory Experience in Woods Hole, MA

The Marine Biological Laboratory Experience is a four-day career exploration program organized by Career Advancement's UChicago Careers in STEM for 20 incoming first-year students. This program seeks to introduce students to the innovative scientific work of the MBL and to New England maritime history and culture, while also providing a venue for students to build strong personal networks with other members of their incoming class. This experience will offer students unique opportunities to engage with leading scientists and MBL programs, learn about and visit aquariums and marine ecosystems, and enjoy the food, culture and natural environment of the New England coast. Along the way, students get to know other students in the College, while having fun in a national laboratory in the beautiful setting of Woods Hole. 

The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts have a long, shared history of forging new paths in scholarship and discovery. Both are world leaders in scientific and educational innovation, drawing students and researchers from around the globe. Since the establishment in July 2013, this partnership has flourished, building upon the institutions' combined eminence in biological research and education. Students at the College benefit from opportunities to explore MBL firsthand by taking intensive, three-week long courses in September or immersing themselves in the 10-week Jeff Metcalf Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program.

All participants will be matched with a roommate for lodging purposes and will have the opportunity to engage with other program participants online prior to start of the program.

Program Cost

$1,000. Includes lodging, meals, local transportation between site visits, and the cost of organized group activities. Need-based financial aid available.

Program Dates

September 3-6, 2019

Selected Activities

  • Clambake
  • Lab exercise and lectures
  • Library Tour of Rare Book Collection
  • Research Vessel Gemma Excursion
  • Sunset Hike
  • Woods Hole Aquarium Visit

How to Apply

Interested students can apply by submitting the Marine Biological Laboratory Experience application form. The application deadline is June 14, 2019.


For more information about the Marine Biological Laboratory Experience, please contact Nelida Garcia at