BEACHES: Bridging Each Applicant's Chances for Higher Education Success

Want to pursue a graduate degree in marine, environmental, or geosciences? Join our College of Science BEACHES workshop!

About the Program

The 2024 BEACHES workshop – hosted Sunday June 2 to Wednesday June 5 at Northeastern University’s Boston Campus and nearby Marine Science Center (Nahant, MA) – aims to demystify the process of applying to graduate schools in the fields of Marine Science, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Sustainability Science, Ecology, and Evolution.

BEACHES aims to support students who identify with groups underrepresented in STEM fields, first generation college students, and students who do not have ready access to the graduate school pipeline.

Workshop topics include

  • Deciding on possible graduate programs

  • Finding and contacting mentors

  • Telling your story: CV and personal statement

  • How to navigate graduate school interview

  • The nuts and bolts of the application process

Panel discussions include

  • What are the career paths in this field?

  • What I wish I knew as an undergraduate

  • Introduction to Northeastern graduate programs

Student Testimonials

Group photo of students gathered together in front of a foggy cliff, overlooking the ocean.
``I feel more prepared to compile application materials, and am excited to maintain relationships with faculty and grad students, and other participants.``
A group of students gathered on a rocky beach. Two are displaying starfish in the palms of their hands.
``I want to thank you and all the BEACHES organizers for running such an excellent workshop. I've referred back to the documents you provided us several times, specifically the sample CVs, the powerpoint on how to email PIs and what to look for in a mentor, and the list of notable programs in marine science.``
Students investigating a tide pool.
``BEACHES has expanded my network of potential colleagues and collaborators and now I know where to turn for support.``
Students walking along path overlooking the ocean at the Nahant campus.
``The ultimate crash course in grad school.``
An MSC researcher showing marine animals in the center's touch tank to a group of students.
``BEACHES provided me with a large confidence boost, concrete skills, and personalized feedback.``

This workshop is funded by a grant from Northeastern University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, and the Marine Science Center.