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Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2021 Semester at WHOI program has been suspended. We are not accepting applications or references at this time.

We recognize the considerable time and thought required of professionals in providing letters of recommendation for students. We have provided a reference form to guide your evaluation for the Semester at WHOI program. You may write or paste directly into the form, or upload a letter (PDF format only). The selection process is rigorous and competitive. It is helpful if the letter of recommendation provides an indication of the relative ranking of the candidate within their peer group and field of scholarship.

Thank you for the time and effort you have devoted on behalf of the applicant and in assisting us in the selection process.

Acceptance decisions will be made approximately 3 weeks after application and supporting materials are received. Specific questions about the Semester at WHOI program should be addressed to the WHOI Undergraduate Programs Coordinator at


(Jayne Doucette, WHOI)