Secondary School Programs

MBL’s Director, Nipam Patel, teaches St. Anne’s-Belfield School students Luke Antesberger, Alex Greer, and Jack Riley how to view pigment on butterfly wings through a dissecting microscope.
Images captured by students from St. Anne’s Belfield School on the LSM 780 confocal.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School students, Eve Cai and Duy Nguyen use pipettes for PCR preparation prior to DNA sequencing.
St. Anne’s Belfield School students collect specimens on the shore of the Great Harbor. Left to Right: Duy Nguyen, Andrea Beardsley (teacher), Noah Keller, Todd Jarry (teacher), Victor Jiao, Jack Riley, Sophia Dean, Luke Antesberger, Hannah Trebour, Isabel Franks, Isabella Frank, Natalie Mackethan, Eve Cai, and Alex Greer.
MBL’s Senior Scientist and Director of Research, David Mark Welch, teaches St. Anne’s-Belfield School students Duy Nguyen, Victor Jiao, Sophia Dean, and Jack Riley how to prepare DNA for sequencing on third generation nanopore MinION technology.
MBL’s Marine Resources Technician and Outreach Coordinator, Scott Bennett, explains how to do a field collection to St. Anne’s-Belfield School students Isabella Frank, Victor Jiao, Sophia Dean, Alex Greer, Eve Cai, and Natalie Mackethan.
MBL’s National Xenopus Resource Assistant Manager, Sean McNamara instructs St. Anne’s-Belfield students Eve Cai, Isabel Franks, Hannah Trebour, Isabella Frank, Victor Jiao, and Duy Nguyen on microinjection techniques.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School student, Eve Cai watches as MBL Research Assistant Anthony Rodríguez-Vargas shows her how to use a microinjection needle to conduct CRISPR Cas9 gene editing.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School student Luke Antesberger looks through a Zeiss dissecting microscope.
MBL’s Senior Scientist and Director of the National Xenopus Center (NXR), Marko Horb, teaches St. Anne’s-Belfield School students Isabel Franks and Hannah Trebour how to use a microinjection rig.
MBL’s Director of Marine Resources, Dave Remsen, identifies specimens collected by students off a dock on Eel Pond. St. Anne’s-Belfield School students shown left to right: Jack Riley, Duy Nguyen, and Eve Cai.

Sign-up for UpdatesThe 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.

Student Program Opportunities

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

Course Design

  • Flexibility in pre- and post-course preparation and activities
  • Mix of didactic and active, hands-on research experiences
  • All courses incorporate cutting-edge microscopy and computer image analysis
  • Student tuition includes the cost for course faculty, equipment, supplies, space, and room and board for six days and seven nights

Current Course Offerings

  • Coral Reefs in a Changing World
  • Anatomy and Development of Marine Vertebrates and Invertebrates
  • Exploring Microbiomes of Marine Organisms with DNA Sequencing
  • CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing of Aquatic and Marine Organisms

Professional Development Training for High School Teachers

  • Three day and four-night courses for high school teachers

Additional Information

  • MBL’s High School Program launched in 2018 and is expanding to increase student capacity
  • Course topics are evaluated and identified annually · Sign-up for updates on new course offerings at or contact one of the points of contact below if you are interested in participating in one of the courses.

Tuition Cost

$2,500 per student for the 2019-2020 academic school year

Tuition cost includes:

  • Housing accommodations
  • Meals
  • Lab supplies and equipment
  • Intensive, hands-on lab and classroom instruction

As this new program becomes more established, MBL will identify funding to cover tuition for students.

Points of Contact
Linda Hyman, Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education, Marine Biological Laboratory

Alison Crawford, Chief of Staff, Marine Biological Laboratory

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

More information:

In New MBL Course, High-School Students Envision a Future in Science

St. Anne’s-Belfield School Students Study at Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass.

A Week at the Marine Biological Laboratory