Girls in Science
2023 Program Info
WHOI Sea Grant (WHOI SG) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are excited to once again collaborate with Earthwatch Institute on the Girls in Science Fellowship, a competitive, week-long, fully funded, residential fellowship in Woods Hole for 20 young women from Massachusetts currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school.
Fellows are housed on the beautiful Sea Education Association campus during this week-long, summer fellowship, with easy access to the nearby WHOI facilities. During their week, fellows work with WHOI Research Specialist Laela Sayigh, WHOI SG Education Specialist Grace Simpkins, Earthwatch Facilitators, and others to investigate marine mammal bioacoustics (sounds) while also meeting other female Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) 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 the resident population in Sarasota, Florida to aid in conservation efforts, and capturing the underwater sounds of whales and dolphins vocalizing during a whale watch expedition. Earthwatch facilitators help the student fellows integrate arts and science to tell their "Story of Science."
Who is eligible?
Young women who are currently sophomores or juniors in a Massachusetts high school and are residents of Massachusetts
When will it be held?
Tentative 2023 dates for two identical, week-long sessions: August 6-12 and August 13-19.
There is no-cost to the fellow for this program. All expenses are paid.
We are committed to assembling diverse groups of fellows. This fellowship encourages applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the ocean sciences – especially with respect to gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
- Register here and attend our 2023 information session on Tuesday, February 28th, 6-7pm.
- Watch our recorded information session to learn more about the program and hear from two alumni. Session recorded on 2/15/2022.
How to Apply
- Complete the Girls in Science Student Application Form by midnight on March 24, 2023. You will find out if you have received a fellowship in April or May of 2023. (The application will be open soon)
Download the Flyer
- Print out the flyer to distribute
About the Program
Hear from the 2019 Fellows
Recorded on Monday, August 24th, 2020, 6:30-8 pm
(View recording - with Spanish subtitles and English captions)
This webinar was designed with high school students in mind and was a collaboration between Woods Hole Sea Grant, Earthwatch Institute, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Each speaker shared the journey they took to reach their current career as well as challenges and highlights along the way. The panel consisted of:
Laela Sayigh, Marine Mammal Acoustic Research Specialist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Laela's research focusses on the social behavior and communication of cetaceans (whales and dolphins).
Kerry Strom, Marine Operations Coordinator at WHOI. Kerry is the schedule planner for R/V Atlantis, Armstrong, HOV Alvin, ROV Jason & AUV Sentry and soon to be R/V Resolution. Kerry is also WHOI’s US State Dept. liaison for marine scientific research applications.
Sarai Zelada, Urban and Regional Planning Master's Student at the University of Michigan and former Earthwatch Program Coordinator for the Girls in Science Program. As an urban planner, Sarai focusses on how to use city planning as a tool for social change.
Jennie Rheuban, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Research Specialist at WHOI. Jennie focuses on the effects of climate change on coastal environments. She is also the Research Coordinator at Woods Hole Sea Grant.
Amanda Dwyer, Knauss Fellow - NOAA Marine Debris Program. Amanda's graduate research focused on coral physiology in response to bleaching events. After graduating in December, she started a marine science policy fellowship to learn more about the interface between science and policy.
Women in STEM Panel Discussion (summer 2020)
"In Our Own Words"
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Marine science has always been a field in which I could simultaneously explore and learn. Beginning at a young age, I would spend my summers searching for crabs and snails in shallow tide pools. My passion for marine life is what drove me to sign up for…Read More
I’m an aspiring marine biologist who lives 100 miles away from the ocean. I can’t just take regular trips to the ocean in my everyday life to gain hands-on experience in the field, so what experience I do have is very little. Not only is…Read More
This past spring, I was fortunate to be chosen to participate in the Girls in Science Fellowship from August 10th to August 17th. It’s been almost a month since this experience, and I am still reeling from the support and community the program fostered, let…Read More