Marine Biological Laboratory Pre-Orientation Program

The Marine Biological Laboratory Experience is a 4-day pre-orientation program sponsored 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. 

Applications for the 2017 program have closed.

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 Undergraduate Research Scholars program.

This program will expose participants to the innovative scientific advances and New England maritime history and culture imparted by the unique resources at the MBL. The components of the pre-orientation program will foster scientific curiosity and encourage a strong sense of community with fellow students, staff, and faculty before the school year begins.

Program Cost


Program Dates

September 5-8, 2017

Selected Activities

  • Clambake
  • Talk: History of the Whaling Industry on Cape Cod
  • Research Vessel Gemma Excursion
  • Sunset Hike
  • Woods Hole Aquarium Visit

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 program have closed.


  • May 1, 2017: Application goes live
  • June 16, 2017: Application due
  • June 23, 2017: Decisions sent to applicants
  • June 30, 2017: Student confirmations due