Secondary School Programs

The Marine Biological Laboratory is launching a new educational offering tailored for secondary education students. The program expands on the successful model used in MBL’s world-renowned advanced training courses for pre- and postdoctoral trainees. These courses provide intensive, hands-on, discovery-based modules taught by MBL’s community of resident faculty, technical experts, and Whitman Center scientists.

Program Opportunities

  • Flexible and scalable: Adaptable to curriculum needs and academic calendar
  • Authentic and unique: Leading scientists engage students and expand their knowledge and hands-on experience
  • Interdisciplinary (STEAM) curriculum: Incorporates topical scientific problems and breakthrough research
  • Opportunities for teachers: Partnership opportunities for program and professional development

Course Flexibility and Evolution

  • Flexibility in pre- and post-course preparation, research, and activities
  • Didactic and Active course experiences
  • Hands-on research experiences based on interest

Portfolio of Modules

  • Variety of continuously updated topics
  • Immersion with school modules and teachers
  • Single or multiple module combinations
  • MBL provides personnel and infrastructure for hands-on immersive, knowledge-expansive experiences

Example Course

Module 1: Biodiversity Surveys

Module 2: Advanced Imaging

Module 3: Development

Module 4: Gene-editing

*Modules and activities can vary in length and depth

MBL Open House

Teachers and administrators interested in visiting the MBL and learning more about this new program are invited to attend an Open House on October 26-27. Events will begin at 2 pm on the 26th and conclude by 2 pm on the 27th. Click here to register for the Open House.

Events will include:

  • A tour of MBL’s facilities including its Marine Resources Center, Cephalopod Husbandry and Culturing Operations, Lillie Laboratory’s Central Microscopy Facility, MBLWHOI Library, and the National Xenopus Center
  • An opportunity to meet MBL leadership, representatives from the University of Chicago’s Admissions Department, and scientists from MBL’s research community.
  • A trip on MBL’s collecting vessel, R/V Gemma (weather permitting)
  • Hands-on module demonstration
  • A networking dinner

Points of Contact

Alison Crawford, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Marine Biological Laboratory

Peter Wilson, Deputy Dean of Admissions and Chief of Staff, The University of Chicago