Marine Biology in Alaska

What is Marine Biology in Alaska?

  • Alaska is the last frontier of North America and has as much shoreline as the continental United States. Alaska also has the largest fisheries catch and most value for their catch of the 50 states.
  • View the Mendenhall glacier. Hike, kayak, fish, and zipline during your leisure time.
  • Meet scientists from the University of Southeast  Alaska and the Lena Point NMFS/ NOAA facility
  • Study the ecosystem of the North Pacific Ocean, the Pacific salmon, and the long-term impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the Prince William Sound ecosystem.  
  • This program is very affordable and safe and has been an LSU short-term program staple since 2008.
    12th year for the program


July 9 - 31, 2023


  • Undergraduate Research – Biol. 3999 (3 credit hours)
  • Neurobiology- Biology 4177 (3 credit hours)
  • Marine Communities -Biol. 4262 (3 credit hours)
  • Marine Communities lab – Biol. 4263 (1 credit hours)
    Marine Communities  (Biol. 4262)– Pick a research topic and submit an outline and first draft prior to departure
  • Marine Communities Lab (Biol. 4263) – Complete 4 simulation labs prior to departure
  • Undergraduate Research (Biol. 3999)- Chose a research topic and write the Introduction and Methods and Materials Section of your study prior to departure under the guidance of a graduate student
  • Neurobiology (Biol. 4177) – No assignments prior to departure

  • Ferry trip
  • Transportation
  • Housing and meals
  • Trip to Tracy Arm Fiord
  • Humpback Whale cruise and salmon bake
  • Field trips, to Sunshine Cove rocky intertidal zone, Alaska State Museum, McCauley salmon hatchery, NOAA facility and Mendenhall Glacier
  • Classroom and lab rentals

  • Spending money: $700-1,000
  • Travel
  • Scholarships are available (information below)

  • Arrive several days early in order to see Seattle
  • Depart for Bellingham at 7:45 AM on July 10th via AMTRAC.
  • Disembark the train in Bellingham at ~9:52AM and take your bags to the Alaska Ferry terminal which is ~100 yards away
  • Someone will watch your bags as you look around Bellingham
  • Board the MV Columbia ~ 3-3:30 PM for a 6 PM departure for Juneau
  • Arrive in Juneau between 4:30 and 8:30 AM on Monday July 12th

Other Information

Marine Biology Travel Fund:

  • Marine Biology Travel Fund and Undergraduate Support Fund - Merit and Needs Based

    •      Multiple Awards will be made this Spring and will be applied to your student fee account

    •      Provide financial awards to eligible Junior or Senior students in their College at LSU with GPA of at least 3.0 and will be or are currently enrolled in courses to meet course requirements for Program 

    •      Application Process

    •       Merit based- A 500 word essay about how the award will benefit the student’s career 

    •      Needs based- A 500   word essay about how the award will benefit the student’s career and how financial assistance will impact the students ability to attend the Program

    •      A one page letter of support from a professor who is familiar with the student

    •      A vita and transcript of all attempted work at LSU (an unofficial transcript will suffice). 

    •      Deliver all application materials to the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Office, Room 101, Life Science Building room 101, attention of Ann Polito, Undergraduate Academic Area Coordinator, Department of Biological Science.

    •       The Biological Science Undergraduate Awards Committee will evaluate and rank the applications. The Departmental Chair will recommend the winning students to the Dean of the College of Science

    •      Deadline for submission – The submission deadline is  Friday March 31, 2023.

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