Graduate Education at the MBL


The newly established program between the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Chicago (UChicago) leverages the unique partnership between two leading research institutions and combines the best of both worlds – access to a collaborative and expansive research environment that spans the scales of biological discovery at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA and the first-class resources, faculty, and staff from the University of Chicago. The formal affiliation and collaboration between these institutions was established in 2013 and has resulted in synergies in research and teaching that now expand to the graduate community.


Program Structure

Current MBL/UChicago graduate student opportunities are available through the UChicago’s Integrative Biology (IB) Program and the Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB) Program with additional options available in the near future. Candidates should apply directly to the IB or DRSB Program. If accepted, students will spend up to two years sharing time between Chicago and MBL, allowing them to complete curriculum requirements at the University of Chicago and research rotations in laboratories of affiliated MBL faculty. Students will then remain on site and complete their graduate research at the MBL. Additional course work and teaching can be completed remotely at the MBL with committee meetings, retreat participation and other activities accommodated by intermittent visits to Chicago throughout the graduate program.

Funding and Support

Students will be guaranteed full tuition, health insurance and generous stipend support. In addition, room and board will be provided during the first summer rotation at the MBL. After joining an MBL lab, students will be provided with funds to travel to Chicago (up to $3,000/year) for committee meetings and other events required by the IB and/or DRSB Programs. Finally, all students will be eligible for an additional research allowance to be used at their discretion for research support or to attend meetings.

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