screenshot-2016-11-08-06-06-15UPDATE 1/31/17 – Both events are almost full. We are still accepting applications for students from Districts that meet the scholarship criteria (below), and all other interested parties can be added to the waiting list by emailing

High school students and their teachers/chaperones, please join dozens of local experts as they share their knowledge, skills, and passion for marine science-related research and practice. Each symposium will feature two hands-on workshop sessions and a keynote presentation by a special guest. This event is sponsored by Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME), with additional support from Salem State University and from many dedicated volunteer presenters. The High School Marine Science Symposium has been continuously offered by MME for over 30 years. Don’t miss it!


  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Salem State University in Salem

Both events will run from 8:30am to 1:00pm. Click here for an event flyer.


$13 per student, and teachers/chaperones are free. A light morning snack and lunch will be provided, and vegetarian options will be available. Persons with any other dietary restrictions are advised to bring their own food


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. Schools are responsible for providing their own transportation.


We will have over thirty workshop presenters across the two events (see registration pack for more info). This year we will be launching a series of lightning talks where some of our workshop presenters will share a story about what got them started in their career or what makes them passionate on the job. Each event will also feature a prominent keynote speaker:

  • Boston (March 9th): Dr. Heather Goldstone, Science Correspondent at WGBH
  • Salem (March 15th): Dr. David Wiley, Research Coordinator at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary


UPDATE 1/31/17 – Both events are almost full. We are still accepting applications for students from Districts that meet the scholarship criteria (below), and all other interested parties can be added to the waiting list by emailing

1) Download and read the registration pack for the event you want to attend.

2) Register online for the event you want to attend.

3) Pay online via PayPal, or initiate a Purchase Order for payment by check made out to Northeastern University. An invoice will be sent to you upon registration. Full payment is expected by the day of the event.

4) Collect student workshop preferences available in the registration packs (see above) and submit to by 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) Collect media releases for every student and chaperone (included in the registration pack), and bring these with you on the day of the event.

6) Boston event only: Please read the University’s Policy for Programs Involving Minors and Code of Conduct for Programs Involving Minors. Sign and submit the Third Party Certification form (found in the registration pack) by February 27th.


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  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 Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, and the Massachusetts Marine Educators.