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. ​

2020: Semester II

Dates: Saturdays, February 1-June7, 2020*

Age: Students in grades 10-12

Time: Saturdays, 10am-1pm (make-up session Wednesdays, 3-5:30pm), plus additional, flexible hours required

Cost: $300 member/$350 non-member

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 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.


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 3-4 hours per week, with an option for additional hours. The course schedule includes Saturday mornings 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 attend the following Wednesday afternoon, from 3:30-6pm. This program allows for flexible scheduling. If you have any concerns please email Sean McKenna at [email protected].


Semester II Course Outline

Week 1, February 1: Introduction
Week 2, February 8: Ocean Chemistry
Week 3, March 7: Climate Change/Ocean acidification
Week 4, March 21: Corals and Coral Reefs
Week 5, March 28: Pollution/Human Impacts
Week 6, April 4: Waves and Weather
Week 7, April 18: Geology and bathymetric surveying
Week 8, May 9: Invertebrates
Week 9, May 16: College programs/finish project/wrap up
Optional, May 30: Kayaking Field Trip
Week 10, June 7: Science Symposium (presentation of projects) at SSC World Ocean Day Celebration


• Wednesday evenings are optional or as needed  
• Speakers and fields trips will be added throughout the program.
• Course outline is subject to change.
• No classes on: 2/15/20, 2/22/20, 2/29/20, 3/14/20, 4/11/20,4/25/20, 5/2/20, 5/23/20


How to Apply

All interested students must submit an application and letter of interest by January 28, 2020.



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.



You will receive an email confirmation regarding your application submission. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive instructions on how to register and pay for the program.

Please be advised that space is limited to 10 students.


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 Fellows Symposium

Want to find out what the past semester students have been up to? Attend the Marine Fellows Symposium on January 11, 2020, 11am-1pm. Drop in; registration is not required. Just show up ready to learn!