High School Marine Science Symposium

CALL FOR PRESENTERS AND SPONSORS

Scientists, graduate students, educators, and others working in marine-related fields are invited to inspire the next generation by presentinghands-on workshops and rop-in activities to high school students. Click here to submit a proposal before December 22nd.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the event by 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 Val at v.perini@northeastern.edu. 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.

TEACHERS – SAVE THE DATE

High school students and their teachers/chaperones, please join dozens of local experts as they share their knowledge, skills, and passion for marine science-related research and practice. The symposium will feature hands-on workshop sessions, interactive demonstrations, and a keynote presentation by a special guest.

This event is sponsored by Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME), with additional support from Salem State University and from many dedicated volunteer presenters. The High School Marine Science Symposium has been continuously offered by MME for over 30 years. Don’t miss it!

WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE EVENTS BEING HELD?

We are only able to host one event this year, and this will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at Northeastern University in Boston. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, and anticipate offering a North Shore event in 2019.

Click here for an event flyer.

WHAT IS THE EVENT FORMAT?

The event will feature hands-on workshops, 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 presenters.

WHAT WILL IT COST? 

The cost is $13 per student, and presenters, teachers, and chaperones are free. A light morning snack and lunch will be provided, and vegetarian options will be available. Persons with any other dietary restrictions are advised to bring their own food. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

This year we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students attending school in districts where >50% 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. Schools are responsible for providing their own transportation.

HOW DO I REGISTER? 

PresentersClick here to submit a workshop or table demonstration proposal. You will receive a confirmation that we received your submission, and then in January you will be notified whether or not your proposal has been accepted. Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd.

Teachers – Registration for schools will launch in mid-January. NOTE – Because the event fills up quickly, we encourage teachers to get administrative approval for the trip now so that you can register as soon as registration goes live.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

All schools are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event, including those receiving scholarship funds.

Thanks to our generous 2017 scholarship sponsors:  Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Boston SCUBA, East Coast Divers, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Jules Catering, Panera Bread, New England Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, South Shore Natural Science Center, and the Massachusetts Marine Educators.