New UChicago Courses at MBL

We seek proposals for innovative courses to be taught at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) by UChicago faculty. With contiguous laboratory, lodging, and classroom space, the MBL’s campus offers unique opportunities for hands on, intensive learning experiences. The courses would ideally make use of the facilities at the MBL during their “off season,” essentially from the third week of August until the second week of June.

Courses can take many forms, from short “boot camps” and workshops to standard laboratory and lecture explorations of specific fields. Priority will be given to novel courses that make use of the location, environment, and facilities of the MBL. Proposals from all fields of inquiry are encouraged. Ideal course sizes are between 10-20 students.

You may also wish to refer to previously proposed courses now in development.

Proposal Structure

Insterested faculty members should contact Neil Shubin ( for more information and guidance in developing proposals, which are accepted throughout the year. A complete proposal will include:

  • Course Description consisting of the curricular goals, provisional syllabus, description of pedagogical approach, and timetable (five pages maximum);
  • Description of course size and student population to be served (one page);
  • Statement of the importance of the MBL venue for course objectives (one page);
  • Paths to Sustainability – what funding options could be explored when seed monies are expended? For example: NSF training grants, industrial sponsorship, etc.;
  • Letters of support from relevant departmental and committee chairs;
  • Brief CVs for faculty involved in the course.