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Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is one of the oldest and most eminent private research laboratories in the United States. Founded in 1888, the MBL is dedicated to scientific discovery– exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. More than 50 scientists affiliated with the laboratory have been recognized with Nobel Prizes. The MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

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The MBL’s oldest and most singular strength is its convening power, attracting the world’s leading scientists and students to Woods Hole. The MBL employees approximately 250 year-round employees, about half of which are scientists and scientific staff. However, the number of scientists and students in residence over the course of an entire year exceeds 1,200 when scientists come from around the world to carry out research or teach in our courses.

Central to the MBL’s identity are its advanced, discovery-based courses for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Each year, MBL courses attract a diverse population of over 500 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries.

The MBL is committed to the principle that diversity among its employees, visiting scientists, faculty members, and students optimizes scientific progress and training. With a long history of convening individuals from around the world to learn and carry out research together, we invite others to join us with open arms. We believe that the prominence and integrity of MBL is best served by employing and educating individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives especially those that are underrepresented in science.



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Scholarships and Awards

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC)

The Woods Hole fisheries laboratory conducts research that guides the federal government’s management of living marine resources in the Northeast U.S.

The NOAA Fisheries Service laboratory in Woods Hole employees approximately 200 people who work as fishery biologists, oceanographers, social scientists, administrators, technicians, data managers, and in various other support services.

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The Woods Hole laboratoryis one of six labs or field stations that together constitute the Northeast Fisheries Science Center(NEFSC). The science center is part of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

As a federal laboratory, the NEFSC is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment. The NEFSC has an active EEO/Diversity Advisory Committee. The committee chair is Peter Burns, who can be reached

Academic Programs Office(internships, jobs, etc.)

Integrated Statistics - NOAA'S contracting agency

Sea Education Association (SEA)

Sea Education Association (SEA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, we have equipped high school and undergraduate students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.

Our Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester, is the leading off-campus environmental studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community.

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SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Mission & Vision

Research at SEA

High School Summer Programs

Gap Semester Programs

SEA Semester Undergraduate Study Abroad Programs

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a Federal Bureau of the Department of Interior (DOI), responsible for fulfilling the Nation’s needs for reliable, impartial scientific information to describe and understand the Earth. This information is used to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy and mineral resources; enhance and protect the quality of life; and contribute to wise economic and physical development.

The scientific nature of the USGS, its national perspective and its non-regulatory role enable the USGS to provide information and understanding that are policy relevant and policy neutral.”

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The Woods Hole Science Center is located on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Quissett Campus with an off-site Marine Operations Facility. As a partner in the Woods Hole scientific community we are actively committed to supporting the goals of the Woods Hole Scientific Community Diversity Initiative.

Human Capital Office

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

Pathways Internship Program

Special Emphasis Program Advisory Committee
John A. Szemraj
Special Emphasis Program Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Equal Opportunity MS 602
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
703-648-7011 (voice), 703-648-4445 (fax)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science.

Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with the Earth as a whole.

Recruit, retain, and support the highest quality staff and students and provide an organization that nurtures creativity and innovation.

— Excerpt from WHOI’s mission statement

In keeping with the WHOI mission, the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative Committee has identified the following resources available at WHOI to help increase diversity in the fields of ocean science and engineering.

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Woodwell Climate Research Center

(Formerly Woods Hole Research Center)

The Woodwell Climate Research Center is dedicated to science, education and public policy for a habitable Earth. We seek to conserve and sustain forests, soils, water, and energy by demonstrating their value to human health and economic prosperity.

We work locally and regionally, assisting communities with resource management, and internationally, promoting policies that stabilize climate and protect the integrity of the global environment. The Woodwell Climate Research Center sponsors initiatives in the Amazon, Africa, the Arctic, Russia, Boreal North America, the Mid-Atlantic, New England and Cape Cod. Our programs focus on the global carbon cycle, forest function, landcover/land use, science in public affairs, and education, providing primary data on the changes in land use around the world and enabling better appraisals of the trends in forests that influence their role in the global carbon budget.

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Founded in 1985 by George Woodwell, the Woodwell Climate Research Center has approximately 40 staff members, consisting of scientists, international law and policy experts, researchers, and administrative staff. Funding is provided through government grants; corporate and foundation support; and individual donors.

The Center’s main facility, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, was completed in 2003 and is a high performance facility producing more energy than it consumes, and operating without the combustion of fossil fuel, the primary contributor to global warming. The building received a first prize in the 2004 Northeast Green Building Award, given by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and was cited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in as one of the nation’s ten best examples of “green design” in the AIA/COTE 2004 Top Ten Green Projects competition.

Careers and Internships

The Polaris Project