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Student Education

What to expect from courses at Shoals Marine Laboratory:

  • All-day learning (8:00am-9:00pm, with breaks for meals and studying)
  • Extensive laboratory and field work (land-based and boat-based)
  • Nearly every course includes an individual or group research project
  • Small class sizes (faculty to student ratio between 1:5 to 1:8)
  • Take only one course at a time (focus and immerse yourself in the subject)
  • Designed for undergraduate and high school students from around the world

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Undergraduate Courses

SML undergraduate courses are offered from May to August, and cover a broad range of subjects from organismal studies (fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, algae, terretrial plants) to theories of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Field work is a major component! All courses are taken for college credit. 1-week, 2-week, and  2.5-week sessions.

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High School Courses

Earn your first college credits in SML's intensive marine science courses for high school students. Our most popular 2-week 'Marine Environmental Science' course is offered twice each summer. We will also offer a 1-week 'Sharks, Skates, and Rays!' SML provides invaluable pre-college experience for motivated high school students!

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Shoals Semester

Spend the entire summer at SML in place of a regular fall or spring semester on campus. Enroll in at least four SML credit courses and accelerate your undergraduate prorgram over the summer! You customize your own Shoals Semester to align with your interests for fulfill specific requirements for your major.

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Shoals Marine Laboratory offers financial support and scholarships to all undergraduate students, and applying is easy! Scholarships are both need-based and merit-based. We also offer student staff positions to undergraduates who enroll in an SML course so that students can work at the lab and offset tuition costs.

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TUITION AND FEES

The cost of each indidivual course varied depending on the number of credits, length of the course, and the institution the student receives credit from (whether Cornell University or the University of New Hampshire). We provide a breakdown of per credit, per night, and other course fees on this page.

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Research Opportunities

Join an active research community at SML! SML offers paid research internships as well as a new research apprenticeship. Internships are open to undergraduates and include projects in three categories: biological, outreach, and sustainable engineering. Internships include room and board on Appledore Island for up to 10 weeks each summer.

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STUDENT LIFE

What is life like for students enrolled in SML courses on Appledore Island? Our page for Blogs & Student News provides insights into the day-to-day experiences of past and current SML students and interns, from lectures and labs to field trips and even what to do in your free time. Make this the summer you dive into marine science!

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ISLAND WEBCAM, WEATHER & TIDES

Appledore Webcam

Appledore Webcam: View our island campus from the Radar Tower!

Tide Chart

Tides for Gosport Harbor, NH
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