High School Marine Science Symposium

UPDATE 1/29/18 – The event is close to filled, and all remaining slots are reserved for schools eligible for scholarships (see criteria below). Schools ineligible for scholarships are welcome to contact v.perini@northeastern.edu to be added to a waiting list should additional spaces become available.

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues. The event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. The event is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Marine Science Center. 

DATE AND LOCATION: 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.

EVENT FORMAT: The event will feature hands-on workshops (see registration pack), 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.

KEYNOTEHanging 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

COST: $13 per student, includes lunch. Schools are responsible for providing their own transportation to/from the event, and this includes schools receiving scholarship funds.

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.

FLYER: Click here to download an event flyer.


  1. Download the registration pack.
  2. Fill out the online registration form here.
  3. 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.
  4. Collectstudent workshop preferences via the attached form and submit to perini@northeastern.edu by Tuesday, February 27th. To the greatest extent possible, workshop attendance will be assigned based on student preferences while ensuring an even distribution of participants in each session.
  5. Read Northeastern’s Policy on Programs Involving Minors and Code of Conduct for Programs Involving Minors.
  6. Submit a signed copy of the Third Party Certification (included in the registration pack) to perini@northeastern.edu by Tuesday, February 27th .
  7. Collect media releases (included in the registration pack) for every attendee, adults and youth alike. Please bring these with you to the event.


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


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 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.

Thanks to our generous scholarship donors: The 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.