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Collaborative Programs


Collaborative Programs



Stanford@SEA consists of five weeks of marine science, including oceanography, marine physiology, maritime studies (literature, conservation, and policy), and nautical science at Hopkins Marine Station. Onshore course work is followed by five weeks at sea aboard SEA's Pacific research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. The shore component is composed of three multidisciplinary courses meeting daily and continuing aboard ship. Students develop an independent research project plan while ashore, and carry out the research at sea on cruise tracks in the Pacific Ocean.

Instrumental in developing this collaboration is Stanford professor Barbara Block (W-49), a leading expert on the physiology, ecology and evolution of tuna, billfish and mackerel sharks. As a SEA Semester alumna, Dr. Block wanted to provide the same opportunity to her students that she had had at SEA.

For more information, visit the Stanford@SEA website.

Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences


At the beginning of certain academic semesters, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) offers an undergraduate field trip aboard SEA's Pacific research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Sophomore EPS concentrators are able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art research tools available aboard the ship. All expenses are covered by the EPS department.

Sample Research Activities:

  • Seafloor mapping and bottom topography
  • Analysis of water column structure in terms of temperature, salinity, nutrients, and currents
  • Microscopic examination of phytoplankton
  • Introduction to Celestial Navigation

For more information, visit the Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences website.

The Wharton School, MBA Leadership Ventures


The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania offers MBA Leadership Ventures, which are experiences that facilitate self-discovery, leadership, and character development. Participants are able to step out of their comfort zone, exceed personal limitations, and experience leadership firsthand. There are three types of Leadership Ventures: Expeditions, Intensives and Workshops. 

One such Expedition takes place aboard SEA's Pacific research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. This program is a continuous sailing expedition near New Zealand in the Southern Pacific Ocean that draws on participants’ endurance — mental and physical — and teamwork skills to achieve the team’s goals in the face of challenging, often unfamiliar obstacles and natural elements. Wharton MBA students build skills in teamwork, decision-making, adaptability and leadership.

For more information, visit the Wharton Leadership Ventures website.

MIT/WHOI Joint Program


In 1968, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative academic program leading to graduate degrees in oceanography and ocean engineering. The Joint Program in Biological Oceanography offers a unique opportunity for training and research in areas that combine observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to the study of biological systems. Graduate students have access to the facilities and expertise in biological oceanography at WHOI and in cell biology and molecular biology at MIT. New MIT/WHOI Joint Program students spend 10 days on the SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA's Atlantic research vessel, as part of their orientation.

For more information, visit MIT/WHOI Joint Program website.