University of Chicago

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On July 1, 2013, the MBL formally affiliated with the University of Chicago. The affiliation strengthened both institutions’ missions of leadership and innovation in scientific research and education. It also built upon 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.

For the first several decades following the MBL’s founding, when research and teaching at the lab was carried out solely in the summer months, faculty from the University of Chicago provided important leadership.  Five of the MBL’s eighteen directors, including the first two, were faculty members at the University of Chicago, and two of the MBL’s laboratory buildings are named in recognition of University of Chicago scientists.  

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.

Opportunities for UChicago Undergraduates

Jeff Metcalf Undergraduate Scholars

The Jeff Metcalf Undergraduate Scholars is an opportunity exposing University of Chicago students to the world-class science conducted at the MBL. The Jeff Metcalf Undergraduate Scholars 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 about the Jeff Metcalf Undergraduate Scholars here.

University of Chicago Spring Quarter at the MBL

University of Chicago September Term Courses at MBL

About the University of Chicago

For more than 125 years, the University of Chicago has forged its own path. This has led to new schools of thought and a transformative education for students, and laid the groundwork for breakthroughs across the sciences, medicine, economics, law, business, history, culture, the arts, and humanistic inquiry. Read more