Semester in Biological Discovery (SBD)

The MBL秘色视频檚 Semester in Biological Discovery (SBD) is a 13-week program that provides an intensive, immersive research experience in discovery-driven biological sciences modeled on the MBL秘色视频檚 world-renown Advanced Research Training Courses.

Course/Program Dates:
Mar 02, 2025 - May 30, 2025
Application due date:
Oct 15, 2024

Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Submissions will be accepted until October 15th听2024.

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Explore regeneration in axolotls, the synapses of lamprey, and camouflage in cephalopods. Work with the diverse marine organisms responsible for key advances in biology. Build your own microscope and learn cutting edge imaging techniques. The SBD program is organized as a series of four 3-week modules, each a deep dive into a subject taught by an MBL scientist who is actively engaged in research in the topic they秘色视频檙e teaching. Students will be conducting open-ended experiments and independent research projects, not following a lab manual with cookbook expectations. 聽A fifth course runs across several modules and explores topics such as visual arts or the history and philosophy of science.聽聽聽

The SBD will be administered similarly to the MBL秘色视频檚 Semester in Environmental Science, which has been running for almost 25 years. After the first module the SBD program merges with two quarter-long programs currently offered to students from the University of Chicago. Thus while the SBD program itself is new, it is built on and around existing highly successful programs.

The SBD program is designed for students majoring in biology or biology-adjacent fields who have completed a basic introductory science curriculum, but there are no formal prerequisites. Admission is based primarily on faculty recommendation and a demonstrated desire to engage in an intense research experience.

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This program is funded in part through generous support from the .

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