High School Marine Science Symposium
Save the Date!
Registration will launch for the 2024 High School Marine Science Symposium at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17!
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.
Once registration opens on 01/17/24, please use the link below to register yourself and your students.
DATE AND LOCATION:
- Thursday, March 7, 2024
- 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m
- Northeastern University, Boston MA (Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston)
EVENT FORMAT: The event will feature hands-on workshops exploring marine science (exact topics will be shared in the registration packet), 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.
2024 Presenters include:
- Atlantic Shark Conservancy
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- New England Aquarium
- Seacoast Science Center
- Center for Coastal Studies
- Mass Audubon
- MIT Sea Grant
- Ocean Genome Legacy Center
- Northeastern University
- …and many others!
COST: $20 per student, including lunch provided to all attendees. Teachers/chaperones attend for free. All schools (even those receiving scholarship funds) are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the event. Please note: there may be additional fees for parking on campus.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students attending school in districts where more than 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.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- Deadlines: Final student numbers are due Feb. 15. Schools will be charged per student, based on these numbers; even if you bring fewer students on the day of the event, we will need to charge for the number registered on 2/15.
- Transportation: All schools are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the event, including those receiving scholarship funds. Please note: there may be additional fees for parking on campus. Northeastern’s parking lots are managed by an external contractor, MassPark.
- 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.
Note: Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity has been reached, registrants will be added to a waiting list.
After registering, you’ll receive the following materials, which must be completed and returned by Thursday, Feb. 15:
- An Attendee Form to list student names, lunch preferences, and top workshop preference. To the greatest extent possible, workshop attendance will be assigned based on student’s top workshop preference, while ensuring an even distribution of participants in each session.
- A Northeastern Waiver & Release Form, to be completed by each student; this can be completed digitally and submitted via email, OR printed and brought on the day of the event.
If you have any questions, please email Sierra Muñoz at [email protected] or call 617.373.2825.
CAN I SPONSOR THE EVENT?
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 Duwan, Massachusetts Marine Educators President at [email protected] to learn more about sponsorships. 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.