Research Project


MS Marine Biology students conduct a research project (but not a formal thesis) while enrolled in our program. During the Fall of their second year, students return to the Marine Science Center in Nahant during the first week of December to present their research in a 15-minute talk (similar to at a scientific conference) and submit a journal-style research paper. The research project is an important component of the Master of Science degree because it demonstrates that students can perform the entire suite of skills needed to traverse the path from scientific inquiry to synthesis of findings. This is evident in the dozens of publications our students have authored or co-authored in the past 10 years.