Frequently Asked Questions: Students
I need help with a school project
You can call WHOI’s Information Office with general questions about marine science and on-going research at WHOI.
The Information Office provides packets of general information about WHOI and on specific oceanographic subjects, answers basic questions, and, where ever possible, directs people to other resources both within the Institution and in other organizations or agencies. You can also check out the WHOI K-12 resource page.
How can I become a marine biologist?
There are lots of resources available that will put you on the right track toward becoming a marine biologist and any other marine-related career. The guidance and career counselors at your high school or college are a great resource or check out the WHOI marine careers page.
How can I enroll in classes or a marine science program at WHOI?
WHOI education programs operate primarily on the graduate level. A joint program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) enrolls students working toward master’s and doctoral degrees. Some summer student fellowships and minority traineeships are awarded to undergraduates and recent college graduates.
» More information about WHOI's educational programs
If I come to Woods Hole, can I see Alvin?
Although Alvin is operated by WHOI, the manned submersible is rarely in port here. Usually Alvin is at sea with the research vessel Atlantis, bringing researchers and scientists to the ocean depths.
» Find out where Alvin and Atlantis are now.
At our Ocean Science Exhibit Center you can sit inside a full-scale model of the Alvin personnel sphere, look through its viewports to see footage from the sea floor, and learn more about how Alvin is built to withstand the pressures of the deep. Located at 15 School Street. Suggested donation: $2/person aged 10 and over; under 10, free. Small gift shop. Telephone (508) 289-2663 or 289-2252.
Can I work in a WHOI lab during the summer?
Because WHOI operates year-round, its needs do not necessarily increase in the summer months. If interested in job, please browse WHOI's list of current job openings. If you are interested in a summer position, you should monitor this page regularly to see if a job has been posted, and follow the same procedures as you would for all of our job openings.