Friday Harbor Laboratories

Invitation to Faculty to
Serve as a Research Mentor

Seagull on a piling in Friday Harbor

Supported by a generous donation from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Friday Harbor Laboratories extends an invitation to all faculty who can provide or support diversity on our campus. We seek candidates for 2- or 3-month temporary faculty appointments at Friday Harbor Laboratories in spring, summer, or autumn quarters. Scientists from any life science discipline are encouraged to apply. There are two ways in which a temporary faculty appointment can be structured:

a. Two-month appointment in support of summer research interns in our summer REU program, with a simultaneous opportunity to conduct independent research at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Please contact FHL Administrator Mark Tetrick ( if you'd like to apply.

b. Three-month appointment to lead a team of research apprentices during spring or autumn quarter. A research team consists of 2 grad students, 5-8 undergraduates in a combined research effort in any science, engineering, policy or other field that can be supported at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in either Spring (late March to early June) or Autumn quarter (late September to early December).

Funding will provide for your salary, all student participants, and FHL support staff to your team, vessel time, as well as a research budget. Applicants (faculty and students) may be from any university, worldwide. Indeed, diversity and innovation in these proposals are eagerly sought.

These research apprenticeship teams have been described by participants as the single most valuable transformational experience in their university lives. Recently, the program was awarded the 2002 Brotman Prize as an innovative program with major impact upon education.

For earlier reactions, see the PI and Northwest Science and Technology [pdf 279K] articles on our Press Coverage page. These are illustrated news stories in a national newspaper and a science/technology magazine, respectively, describing public and student reaction to this new program.

Faculty concur that it is a lot of work and is extremely rewarding. We would urge you to contact any faculty person involved previously in the previous Research Apprenticeship for their reactions. FHL Director Emeritus Dennis Willows led a team of apprentices in 2000, and he reports this is a splendid way to accomplish research, to generate new ideas, and to involve students in your research enterprise in a substantive, meaningful way.

Refer to previous and current Research Apprenticeship programs for descriptions of projects that could serve as a model for your proposal. If you are interested, please send a 1 page proposal by April 30 of each year. A diverse national selection committee will review applications and announce teams by May 15.

To apply, please copy the application text (below) into an e-mail and send it to FHL Administrator Mark Tetrick ( Text copies can be sent to:

Mark Tetrick
Friday Harbor Laboratories
620 University Rd.
Friday Harbor, WA. 98250
Fax: 206-543-1273


(copy and paste the following text into an email or text document, with your answers, and send to Mark Tetrick)

Application for an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Position

Your name, address, e-mail:

Any special constraints? Lead time, season, year, outside funding, etc.

Course name, and substantive description (a paragraph is plenty at this stage).

Please indicate for the benefit of people who don't know your field, why this course is important now, and should be offered at UW-FHL, rather than in UW-Seattle (or e.g., Denver). If you are UW faculty or staff, what does your Chair/Faculty think about this idea?

Who ought to teach it?

How many students would be registered?.

How will the course use FHL facilities in the following categories?

Diverse organisms:

Wet labs:

Research Vessel:



FHL analytical gear:



The FHL Academic Advisory Committee that reviews this will be looking for indications that the course is fundamental and important to the education of students who are likely to become professional leaders in marine science nationally. Also, truly innovative courses, i.e., those likely to put together people and ideas that yield fresh thinking and understanding across disciplines are eagerly sought out. Because of the demand for FHL facilities, courses (even very important ones) that can be taught equally well or better elsewhere, are likely to receive a lower priority.