Marine Science Scholars Program

The Marine Science Scholars Program is a competitive, invitation only program for incoming freshmen at Western Washington University.

Western’s Marine Science Scholars Program is a distinctive, small group experience for 15-20 entering freshmen. The Marine Science Scholars Program is planned and organized by faculty from Western’s marine research station, the Shannon Point Marine Center, and these faculty members work closely with students throughout the two-year program. The program is designed to prepare students for scientific careers by engaging them in the marine sciences.

Marine Science Scholars:

  • live and learn at the Shannon Point Marine Center, in a two-week hands-on course prior to the start of your first Fall Quarter at Western (Biology 110)
  • get exclusive registration for a special series of 1-credit seminars addressing contemporary issues, such as pollution, ocean acidification, and sustainable fisheries
  • during your freshman and sophomore years interact closely with marine scientists from the Shannon Point Marine Center who instruct courses for the Marine Science Scholars Program
  • meet invited professionals from a variety of marine science career tracks
  • stay informed on how to get involved with marine science and conservation through internships, research and outreach opportunities, and lectures.

High achieving students are invited to apply if they have demonstrated academic excellence. Interested students should indicate Marine Biology, Biology or Environmental Science as an academic interest on their application for admission and will be sent an invitation to apply for the Marine Science Scholars Program this Winter.

Participants are never locked into declaring a certain major. The committee selects students based on the information they provided in their application for admission — including grades, test scores, essay, unique extracurricular involvement, and specific interest in the marine sciences. For more information or questions, please contact Rachel Carey or call (360) 650-2345 or see FAQs.

How To Apply

You needn’t be a Marine Science Scholar to study Marine Biology at Western. Any student (freshman or transfer) interested in Marine Biology is encouraged to pursue the Biology – Marine Emphasis major at Western. But the specific Marine Science Scholars Program is a separate, competitive, invitation-only opportunity for select incoming freshmen. There is no initial, separate application. All eligible, high-achieving high school seniors are automatically considered without any separate application needed, and may receive a special invitation to apply based on excellent high school grades and marine biology experience/interest as indicated in their application for general admission to Western Washington University.

Note: For Biology 110, the pre-Fall, two-week experience at Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes, a housing and dining fee of $400 is required to participate in this course. The course tuition will be covered as part of the regular Fall Quarter tuition charges, although students who register for more than 14 credits during the regular Fall Quarter session will be charged for any extra credits. (Check out the photographs of our Marine Science Scholars: 2012 photos | 2013 photos | 2014 photos | 2015 photos).

Page Updated 02.22.2016