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 I: Fall 2021

Dates: Saturdays, September 11, 2021–January 8, 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 first-hand 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. To learn more, print the Marine Science Fellowship Program ELO Guidelines and ELO Program Design Plan and discuss the opportunity with your guidance counselor.


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 Fall 2021-Winter 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 I Course Outline September 2021–January 2022

View the detailed syllabus.

September 11: Introduction and overview of the habitats and animals

September 12: BioBlitz, a daylong species scavenger hunt in Odiorne Point State Park

September 25: Invasive Species

October 2 or 9: Kayaking 

October 23: Research Day

October 27: Project Design, Zoom meeting

October 30: Marine Mammal Rescue

November 6: Pollution, Climate Change, and Beyond  

November 13: Project Research open house

November 20: Project Research open house

December 4: Environmental Impact

December 11: Sharks

December 18:, What’s Next? How to get involved and college programs.

January 8: Science Symposium (presentation of projects)


• 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. Applications are being accepted through September 6, 2021. Please be advised that space is limited to 10 students.



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.

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