MBL – UChicago Affiliation

On July 1, 2013, the MBL formally affiliated with the University of Chicago. The affiliation strengthens both institutions’ missions of leadership and innovation in scientific research and education. It also builds on shared values and historical ties between Chicago and the MBL, which was led by University of Chicago faculty members for the first four decades of its existence. The MBL is an independent 501(c)3 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Both the MBL and the University of Chicago have reputations for highly collaborative and interactive cultures that draw top biologists from around the world. The MBL's unique convening power attracts faculty and students from well over 100 different institutions each year. Scientists from these institutions, like those from UChicago, carry out research at different times of the year in MBL facilities. The many active projects and collaborations benefit from the MBL's reputation as a convenor of science, both nationally and internationally.

Ongoing Scientific Collaborations between MBL and UChicago Faculty
A number of novel, active research collaborations at the MBL involve faculty from both MBL and UChicago, as well as Argonne National Laboratory. The Lillie Award Program was launched in 2013 and 2014. They were intended to bring together interdisciplinary teams for a project that represents a new collaborative area of inquiry, working in residence at the MBL. Funded projects can be found here.

Other active collaborations and productive interactions involve teams from both institutions working together on a variety of projects including:

  • genomics, neural circuitry, and behavior of cephalopods
  • microbiomes in organisms ranging from marine invertebrates to human
  • high-performance computation and imaging of biological samples
  • regenerative biology and tissue engineering

Opportunities for UChicago Undergraduates

The Whale: Biology, Culture and Evolution on Nantucket Sound

home_whaleCourseOffered for the first time in 2015, this Autumn-quarter program based at the MBL targets UChicago undergraduate non-science majors interested in the entwined histories of whales and America. The program explores evolutionary theory through close examination of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Descent of Man, as well as provides immersive laboratory-based research experiences in the biology of marine organisms, biodiversity and the impact of human activities on coastal and ocean ecosystems. More information is available here.

Metcalf Fellowships

home_metcalfThe Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) is an opportunity exposing University of Chicago students to the world-class science conducted at the MBL. The Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Fellows targets first through fourth year undergraduate students. It is designed to help students explore science beyond their core courses and immerse in comprehensive discovery research over a 12-week summer experience. Learn more here.

Opportunities for UChicago Graduate Students

Bootcamp for UChicago Graduate Students

homepage_bootcamp2015A “Quantitative Biology Boot Camp” targeted for all incoming graduate students from all programs in UChicago’s Biological Sciences Division is held at the MBL. The course provides students with a working knowledge of computational and statistical approaches through their application to analysis of real world data sets. Organizers also hope to foster future MBL-UChicago collaborations by exposing students to the full range of MBL’s research opportunities and resources. Learn more here.

University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University’s history, will raise $4.5 billion and engage 125,000 alumni to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. The Campaign will raise $100 million to support initiatives at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Learn more here.

About the University of Chicago

One of the world's premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since its 1890 founding. Today, UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to its Hyde Park and international campuses, as well as to its other affiliated laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

With a commitment to free and open inquiry, scholars at UChicago take an interdisciplinary approach to research that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. The University's scholars, students and alumni have made an impact around the globe by advancing fields of study, creating new disciplines, and taking leadership roles in business, science, law, and a range of fields.

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For more information about the UChicago/MBL Partnership, contact Gina Hebert at ghebert@mbl.edu or 508-289-7423.