Division of Education

The MBL offers a wide range of scientific courses, workshops, programs, and internships throughout the year.

Advanced Research Training Courses

MBL courses are often called “transformative.” This is a strong statement, verified each year in formal course reviews and in the recently administered alumni survey. A “transformative experience” can be many things to many people, but it is possible to identify common, underlying educational themes at the MBL that motivate this statement, year after year. In general, students are empowered to pursue science at the very highest levels, often transforming the manner in which they approach their graduate, postdoctoral or independent research programs. Students are given access to state-of-the-art equipment and are instructed in the use of this technology from first principles, whether in optics, biophysics or behavior. They learn the inner workings of the equipment and the fundamental principles upon which the technology is based. Just as importantly, students work directly with outstanding faculty from around the world, day after day, pursuing novel experiments that test new ideas and foster a globe-spanning network of collaboration. From this comes a fearlessness derived from having grappled with the limitations of current technology and the boundaries of current understanding. Learn More >

Undergraduate Programs

MBL offers many opportunities for undergraduate students including a Semester in Environmental Science, an intensive field and laboratory-based introduction to ecosystem science and the biogeochemistry of coastal forests, freshwater ponds and estuaries. Summer research internship opportunities, including our NSFREU Biological Discovery in Woods Hole Program, are also available for qualified undergraduates. Learn More >

High School Science Discovery Program

The Marine Biological Laboratory has developed educational courses tailored for high school students. The program expands on the successful model used in MBL’s world-renowned advanced research 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. Learn More >