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  • Locations: Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Semester at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Photo by Hannah Mark, WHOI
Semester at WHOI (SAW) is an undergraduate residential “study-away” opportunity at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA, on Cape Cod. The program features a for-credit, semester-long research experience directly advised by a WHOI scientist or engineer as well as the opportunity to take graduate-level courses modified for undergraduate credit. The combination of research project and coursework constitute a full semester of credit that is transferable to the student's home institution. SAW is particularly well suited for students who are considering an advanced degree in ocean science or engineering and related fields in the earth sciences.

Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Minimum. Second or third-year undergraduate students majoring in EPS are eligible to apply for SAW beginning in the fall for admission to the program in the following fall semester. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and a decision is generally given within three weeks after submission.

Program Dates:

Program Dates Application Deadline
Fall early September - mid December February 1

  Approved Departments:

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Coursework and Credits:

Students should meet with Dr. Alex Bradley in EPS to determine which courses will be suitable for EPS.

The cornerstone of the SAW program is a semester-long, for-credit, independent research project conducted under the guidance of a WHOI scientist or engineer. All WHOI researchers who are prospective SAW advisors have prior experience hosting REU students in their laboratories and understand the needs of a student working to define and complete a project in a specific period of time.

» SAW research projects
» WHOI Areas of Research
» Departments, Centers, and Labs

SAW students have the opportunity to take one or two ocean science courses designed specifically for the program and can also choose from a small number of graduate courses that are modified so they can be offered for undergraduate credit.
» Course Offerings
» MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Program Management and Oversight:
WHOI has hosted undergraduates for summer research experiences every year since 1958 and has managed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, currently exceeding 30 students each summer, since 1989 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other sources.WHOI’s Academic Programs Office includes a Dean, an Associate Dean, a registrar, and a housing coordinator, as well as a coordinator dedicated to the SAW program. The program coordinator has training and experience in ocean science, and with operation of education and research programs at the undergraduate level, including WHOI’s summer REU program.

  Woods Hole, Massachusetts
WHOI is located in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Woods Hole is a village in the town of Falmouth on Cape Cod.  It is a resort area in the summer but has the look and feel of small-town New England during the off-season from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Woods Hole is truly a “science village”—in addition to WHOI, Woods Hole is home to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Sea Education Association (SEA), the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Woods Hole Research Center, and a major laboratory of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

WHOI housing units are located on both the Quissett and Village campuses. These units are furnished and equipped with kitchen appliances and utensils. In Fall 2018, housing costs were $830 per person per month for a shared bedroom with two beds per room, which includes all utilities, cable TV, and internet access. Students are expected to provide their own meals. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase in the Quissett Campus cafeteria on weekdays (excluding Institution holidays), and the village of Woods Hole also has many coffee shops and restaurants, as well as a large cafeteria at the nearby Marine Biological Laboratory.
  Estimated Program Price: Students will be charged tuition equivalent to the on-campus Washington University tuition fee. WU tuition covers only the academic portion of the program.  WU student health insurance, if applicable, and housing will be charged by WU separately.  Transportation, food, and other living expenses will be covered by the students.  Any WU financial aid, with the exception of work study funds, will apply towards the semester in Woods Hole.
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.