Marine Science Distinguished Scholars

This distinctive experience for 21 incoming first-year students begins prior to fall quarter with a two-week intensive course at Western’s marine research station, and then continues into fall quarter on campus. In a series of one-credit seminar courses throughout the year, Scholars learn about contemporary environmental issues facing our marine and coastal environments, and gain experience and exposure to scientific research and data collection. 

Program Benefits

This introductory experience can be a valuable initial step into Western’s newly created Marine and Coastal Science undergraduate degree program.

  • You will earn credit while living and learning at the Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) for two weeks before the start of your first quarter at Western in the fall. Located in beautiful Anacortes, the 78-acre SPMC is made up of lowland forest and 3,000 feet of undisturbed beachfront. This course (Biology 110) continues through fall quarter.
  • Exclusive registration for a series of 1-credit seminars addressing contemporary issues, such as pollution, global climate change, and sustainable fisheries.
  • Close involvement with marine scientists from the SPMC who teach courses for the Marine Science Scholars Program.
  • Interaction with invited professionals from a variety of marine science career tracks.
  • Staying informed on how to get involved with marine science and conservation through internships, research and outreach opportunities, and lectures.
  • Gaining a valuable initial step into Western’s newly created Marine and Coastal Science undergraduate degree program for students who choose to pursue this major.


While not it's not a requirement, preference is given to students who have completed Chemistry and Biology in high school.

Note: a housing and dining fee of $400 is required to participate in this program.

Marine Science Distinguished Scholars Application

The February 28th deadline to apply to the Marine Science Distinguished Scholars program has passed and the application is now closed.