Secondary School Programs

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.
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.
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.
Images captured by students from St. Anne’s Belfield School on the LSM 780 confocal.
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.
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.
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 students, Eve Cai and Duy Nguyen use pipettes for PCR preparation prior to DNA sequencing.
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.
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.

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

Tuition Cost

$2,500 per student

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.

Teacher Professional Development Courses

MBL is launching a new program for high school teachers. The initial course is a four-day workshop on genome editing to be held at the MBL on June 9-13. Visit our workshop page for more information and a link to register.

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

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