Marine Science Fellowship

This semester-long course is designed to give high school students who are interested in the marine sciences, the opportunity to expand their studies in a practical, supportive, resource-rich environment. ​

Semester 2: Spring 2022

Dates: Saturdays, February 12-June 5, 2022*

Age: Students in grades 10-12

Time: Saturdays, 10am-1pm (make-up sessions available per arrangement), plus additional, flexible hours required

Cost: $400 member/$450 non-member

Financial Aid: It is our goal to ensure this program is available to all.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to Sean at [email protected] to inquire about our Coastal Education Fund.

You must have a family membership valid through the program to take advantage of the member rate.


About the Marine Science Fellowship Program

This is a semester-long course designed to give high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors an opportunity to have a hands-on experience learning about the field of marine science. Students will learn about various topics that encompass marine science. They will be able to discuss career paths that marine science has to offer as well as meet (virtually) different scientists within the field.

Participants will have the opportunity to create their own research project during the semester. Students can be involved for one or two semesters. The second semester will allow students to engage in marine science topics in greater depth, continue their research project, and present their research to others.

Students may also have an opportunity to earn credit through their school via either the New Hampshire Learn Everywhere or Extended Learning Opportunities programs. To learn more, print the Marine Science Fellowship Program ELO GuidelinesELO Program Design Plan, and/or the Learn Everywhere course overview and discuss the opportunity with your guidance counselor. Please email Sean McKenna at [email protected] to learn more.


Marine Science Fellowship Safety Guidelines and Protocol

The safety of our program participants, visitors, staff and volunteers is of paramount importance. To ensure we are providing the most safe environment for all, we have established extensive safety guidelines and protocol. We ask that all applicants review and sign our Fellowship Safety Guidelines, as well as our Health and Safety Protocol for Youth Programs Spring-Summer 2022 for further information. Be aware that there may be updates to our policies to ensure a safe environment as the community health crisis evolves or resolves. 

Course Objectives

  • To give students a greater understanding of the field of Marine Biology through inquiry, investigation, and hands-on experiences at Seacoast Science Center, and by fostering individuals’ special interests
  • To expose students to a range of careers in marine biology and provide opportunities for them to engage with visiting professionals
  • To engage the students in research and presentation skills and techniques they will be able to use later
  • To educate students about the impact they have on the ocean, the challenges facing our climate, and how they can contribute to a sustainable and healthy ocean


*Time Commitment

This is a 10-week course with an expected time commitment of 3-6 hours per week. The course schedule includes Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, plus additional study, project, and/or volunteer time to be conducted on the student’s own time, as arranged with the program leader. If a student is unable to make a Saturday session, they can request a make-up session. This program allows for flexible scheduling. If you have any concerns please email Sean McKenna at [email protected].


Semester 2 Course Outline February-June 2022

Course Syllabus
Week 1, February 12: Introduction and overview of the habitats and animals; Corals and Coral Reefs
Week 2, February 19: Research Project Introduction
Week 3, March 3: Research Project Open House
Week 4, March 12: Marine Mammal Physiology
Week 5, March 26: Research Project Open House
Week 6, April 2: Invertebrate Biology
Week 7, April 9: Marine Geology
Week 8, May 7: What’s Next: How to get involved and college programs.
Week 9, May 14: Kayaking: date depends on weather. Class time may vary.
Week 10, June 5: Science Symposium during World Ocean Day Celebration (Sunday)


• Speakers (virtual) will be added throughout the program|
• Course outline is subject to change.
• Additional mentor time can be scheduled as needed.


How to Apply

Students must submit an application and letter of interest to be considered for participation in the program. Please be advised that space is limited to 12 students.

Application Form



You must have a Family Membership valid through the program to take advantage of the member rate. Become a member now or when you register and take advantage a program discounts and other great benefits.



Please contact Sean McKenna at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 31.


Confirmation, Acceptance & Payment

You will receive an email confirmation regarding your application submission. Once your application has been accepted, you may register and pay for the program via the private link provided in your acceptance email.


Required Forms

All participants are required to complete and submit a Health Information, Participation Agreement, and Media Release Form.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made prior to two weeks before the program begins receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after that time.


Marine Science Fellowship Outstanding Achievement Award

Seacoast Science Center will confer one Marine Science Fellowship Outstanding Achievement Award to an SSC Marine Science Fellowship student each year. This award will go to an individual who consistently exceeds expectations, goes above and beyond, and is actively working toward pursuing further education and/or exploration in the marine science or environmental science fields. The Marine Science Fellowship Outstanding Achievement Award includes a prize of $1000, which may go toward further education (books, computer materials, etc.) and/or exploration of the marine science or environmental science fields through certifications, field experiences or coursework.

You must apply for this award to be considered. Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted by midnight on June 5, 2022.

Learn More and Apply for the Award

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