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High School Marine Science Symposium

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Registration is now open for the 2019 High School Marine Science Symposia. The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting these events since 1984, and the Northeastern University Marine Science Center has been co-hosting since 2013. These events attract hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues. This conference-style event features a keynote speaker, an ocean science demonstration fair, and hands-on workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. 


  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Northeastern University
  • Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Salem State University
  • Both events will run from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

EVENT FORMAT: The event will feature hands-on workshops (see registration pack for topics), an interactive demonstration fair, and a keynote speaker, affording a diversity of opportunities for students to interact with marine science experts. Students will attend two workshops, and have one time slot devoted to the demonstration fair where they can meet and network with multiple presenters throughout the session.

Students learn about horseshoe crabs during the Third Annual Boston High School Marine Science Symposium held in the Curry Student Center on March 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University



Hanging Out with Humpbacks, presented by Dr. David Wiley, Research Coordinator with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The last two decades have seen a revolution in whale research. Whereas previous researchers were mainly limited to surface observations, technologies allow today’s scientists to gain unprecedented views of the complex underwater lives of these mysterious ocean giants. Scientists at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located just off the coast of Massachusetts, have been in the vanguard of this research and will share new findings about the lives of humpback whales and what can be done to protect them.

North Shore

More Than the Sum, presented by Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Founding Dean of UMass Boston’s School for the Environment.  Highlighted in the media over the years, Dr. Hannigan’s research centers on what happens before death, specifically the death of billions during mass extinctions and how climate change drives these events. In this presentation, Dr. Hannigan will share her story of growing up as a mixed heritage, low income kid with a learning disability, becoming the first in her family to finish college. She will share how she embraced her personal history to gain success in a field where women and minorities are few and far between. The presentation will be a conversation about the pursuit of success in science and how to empower others, and yourself.

COST: $13 per student, including lunch provided to all attendees. Teacher/chaperones attend for free. All schools (even those receiving scholarship funds) are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event.

SCHOLARSHIPS: This year we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students attending school in districts where >40% of students are classified as economically disadvantaged (click here to check eligibility based on district profiles). Scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are allocated. Due to the limited amount available, there is no guarantee that an entire class or school will be covered.

FLYER: Click here to download an event flyer.


  1. Download and read the registration packs linked below:
  1. Fill out the online registration forms linked below:
  1. Pay online via PayPal, or initiate a Purchase Order for payment by check. An invoice will be sent to you upon registration. Full payment is expected by the day of the event.
  2. Collect student workshop preferences via the attached form and submit to the google form: by Monday, February 11th. To the greatest extent possible, workshop attendance will be assigned based on student preferences while ensuring an even distribution of participants in each session.
  1. Collect media releases (included in the registration pack) for every attendee, adults and youth alike. Please bring these with you to the event.
  2. For the Boston event only!


  • Deadlines: Workshop preferences and final # of students attending are due February 11th. Schools will be charged per student, based on the numbers we have on February 11th. Even if you bring less students on the day of the event, you will be charged for the number registered on February 11th
  • Transportation: All schools are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event, including those receiving scholarship funds.
  • Student Supervision: Students are not permitted to attend the event alone or without adult supervision. All students attending the event must be chaperoned by an adult.


If you or your organization is interested in providing scholarship funds for students from low-income school districts to be able to attend, it can do so at the $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or higher level. Please contact Emily at, or click the link to donate below.  Sponsors will receive special mention in our program as well as at the events, and donors at the $500 level or higher will also receive special mention on event signage.

Click here to contribute!

Thanks to our generous scholarship donors: The Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach, Northeastern University, Bow Seat Awareness Programs, Reinauer Transportation, Boston Scuba, the Massachusetts Marine Educators, and many generous individual donors.

If you have any questions, please email Emily Duwan at or call 781-581-7370, x373.