Scientific Discovery: Cape Cod

Discover Cape Cod. Uncover Your Inner Scientist.

The Marine Biological Laboratory's collecting vessel, the Gemma, sails the waters off of Woods Hole.

Explore scientific discoveries at the home of some of the world's most accomplished scientists.

Join a cohort of lifelong learners for an eight-day residency at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL)—an international center exploring fundamental biology, biodiversity, and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education.

Site explorations, field trips, hands-on experiments, lab work, and lectures will guide you to a greater understanding of cutting-edge research in evolutionary science, regenerative biology, and ecological systems. All of this learning will be designed for curious learners who are non-experts but seeking deep discovery and greater understanding.

Applications for the program will open on Monday, March 20. Prompt application is recommended as we anticipate the program filling quickly.

Virtual Orientation 

Orientation session to familiarize you with the terminology, logic, and history behind the experiences you will engage in during your time at Marine Biological Lab.

Marine Biological Lab On-Site Learning

From October 8 to October 15, students will study at the Marine Biological Lab. On site, students will have the opportunity to participate in field work, lab work, and experiments guided by scientists and faculty.

Associated Activities and Events

Receptions, faculty lectures, and social activities are scheduled throughout. Registered students will receive a copy of the final schedule.

On-Campus Room and Board

Your lodging and meals are provided (see accommodations below). Students will learn and live alongside program faculty, on-site, at the Laboratory dormitory.

Tuition and fees are $4,295. If you are accepted into the program, a deposit of $1,000 will be requested within two weeks of acceptance to hold your spot. Balances will be due by September 1, 2023.

During your time on the Cape, you'll stay in Swope Hall. Rooms in Swope are simply and comfortably furnished in a classic academia style, with a hint of old Cape Cod.

Meals within the Swope Dinning Hall are included within program fees. In addition to special receptions, you will have access to the full breakfast, lunch, and dinner services. 

Scientific Discovery: Cape Cod is open to lifelong learners seeking a rigorous, enriching, and fun learning experience.

We will begin to accept applications on Monday, March 20, 2023. Prompt application is recommended to reserve your spot.

The well -being of students in the Scientific Discovery program is our highest priority. To that end, we will follow the health and safety guidelines of the US State Department, CDC, and WHO, in place at the time of the program’s residency. Participants should stay abreast of travel U.S. which may include testing and proof of vaccination.

A $1,000 per person deposit is required within one week if you are accepted into the program. The balance of the fee is due no later than July1, 2023. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will be subject to a $250 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between July 1, 2023 and July 17, 2023 will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after July 17, 2023. In the event of the cancellation of the program by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, a full refund of tuition will be given.

We strongly suggest that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against nonrefundable costs incurred when travel must be postponed on short notice. We are unable to make exceptions to our refund policies.

Participants may elect instead to waive this requirement understanding fully that the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies are under no obligation to provide a refund after cancellation dates have passed.

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