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Girls in Science

The 2019 fellows pose with program coordinators after learning about oceanographic sampling methods on the water.
The 2019 fellows pose with program coordinators after learning about oceanographic sampling methods on the water.

Girls in Science Fellowship

COVID-19 Program Update - Program Cancelled for 2020

In response to the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the safety and wellbeing of our fellows, scientists, and field staff at the forefront of our minds, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Girls in Science fellowship program this year. We appreciate the effort and time you have dedicated to your application and will be offering a simplified application process for the 2021 Girls in Science fellowship to those who have submitted their application this year. 

In August, we do plan to have an interactive webinar with a STE(A)M panel discussion and career pathways.  Details will be posted here as they become available.

Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are excited to once again collaborate with Earthwatch Institute on the Girls in Science Program, a competitive, week-long, fully funded, residential fellowship in Woods Hole for 10 young women from Massachusetts currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school.  This year's program will take place from August 8-15, 2020.

Fellows are housed on the beautiful Sea Education Association campus with easy access to the nearby WHOI facilities.  During their week, fellows work with WHOI Research Specialist Laela Sayigh, WHSG Education Specialist Grace Simpkins and others to investigate marine mammal bioacoustics (sounds) while also meeting other female Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals and learning from their collective expertise. The immersive experience includes building and testing their own underwater microphone (or hydrophone), analyzing data of dolphin vocalizations from Wellfleet to contribute to a study on whether a mass stranding predictive model can be developed, and capturing the underwater sounds of whales and dolphins vocalizing during a whale watching expedition.  During the evenings, Earthwatch facilitators help the student fellows integrate arts and science to tell their "Story of Science."

"The (2019) fellows had a phenomenal week diving into the science of bioacoustics and meeting so many strong female role models in STEM fields,” says Simpkins.  “It was truly amazing to see the growth in each fellow over the week and a joy to share the wealth of WHOI resources with each and every one of them."


The application deadline is May 4th.


Program Documents



Climate Change - Rose Palermo, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

2019 Agenda


Grace Simpkins
Program Coordinator


About the Program

Hear from the Fellows

With Support From

Sea Education Association

The Bill and Jane Jackson Foundation