Student Education

Dates and updated information for 2017 summer courses and internships at Shoals Marine Laboratory are now available!


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
  • Click here to learn more about the Appledore Island Campus!


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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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.


Weather, Tides, & Cancellations

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