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Friday Harbor Laboratories
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Information for Students,
Friday Harbor Laboratories
2011


Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), part of the University of Washington, offers coursework in marine biology and oceanography for undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students. FHL is sited on a 484-acre biological preserve on San Juan Island, 75 miles northwest of Seattle; the island is accessible by ferry and scheduled commuter aircraft. Students from all over the world come to study and conduct research at Friday Harbor Labs. Credits for coursework are earned through the University of Washington.

General information about Friday Harbor Laboratories.


FHL COURSE LIST 2011

SPRING QUARTER (10 weeks)
March 28 - June 3
APPLICATION DEADLINES:
JAN. 10 for students not matriculated at University of Washington;
JAN. 31 for UW undergraduates

Deadline for all applicants may be extended past the stated dates if space available.

1) THE ZOO-BOT QUARTER
Three integrated courses, 16 credits total:
- Marine Zoology (Biol 430, 5 credits)
- Marine Botany (Biol 445, 5 credits)
- Research Apprenticeship: Intertidal Ecology and Physiology(Biol/Ocean/Fish 479, 6 credits)

2) BEAM REACH PROGRAM
March 30 - June 5 tentative dates

(Ocean 360 + Ocean 365, 18 total credits) 3) THREE SEAS PROGRAM
March 28 - May 20, 2011
Northeastern University Program.

SUMMER SESSION A (5 weeks)

June 20 - July 22
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1st (deadline may be extended if space available).

Each course is 9 credits.

1) MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
(Biol 432)
2) OCEAN ACIDIFICATION (Biol 533)
3) COMPARATIVE INVERTEBRATE EMBRYOLOGY COURSE POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2011 (Biol 533 - course code change*)
4) MARINE BIOACOUSTICS (Biol 533 - course code change*)

SUMMER SESSION B (5 weeks)

July 25 - Aug 26
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1st (deadline may be extended if space available).
Each course is 9 credits.

1) EVOLUTION & DEVELOPMENT OF THE METAZOANS (Biol 533)
2) FISH SWIMMING (Biol 533 - course code change*)
3) MARINE ALGAE (Biol 533 - course code change*)
4) MARINE BIRDS & MAMMALS (Fish 492, recently revised)

5) SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & CONSERVATION (Biol 497) course to be held on Shaw Island

SUMMER (8-12 weeks)
BLINKS-NSF REU RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Seeking senior undergrads, post-bacs or grad students from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those under-represented in the sciences; includes financial support.

Post-Summer (10 days)
SCIENTIFIC DIVING

Non-credit short course: September 12 - 21
Application due June 1st

AUTUMN QUARTER (10 weeks)
Sept 28 - Dec 9
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1st (deadline may be extended if space available)



1) MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER
3 of the following 5 courses,13-16 total credits:

- Marine Biology (5 credits: Biol 250, Ocean 250 or Fish 250)
- Social Change and the Marine Environment (5 credits: Envir 450 or Soc 401)
- Ocean Circulation (3 credits: Ocean 210)
- Marine Environment Research Apprenticeship
(6 credits: Biol 479, Fish 479, Ocean 479, or Envir 499).
- Ichthyology (5 credits: Fish 311)

2) PELAGIC ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION in the SAN JUAN ARCHIPELAGO RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (Ocean 492, 15 credits.)

3) SPATIAL ECOLOGY of SALISH SEA BENTHOS RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (Biol 479, 15 credtis)

4) BEAM REACH PROGRAM
Aug. 23 -Oct. 31
(Ocean 360 + Ocean 365, 18 total credits).

Independent Study for UW graduate students

Spring 2011 course descriptions
Summer 2011 course descriptions

Autumn 2011 course descriptions


2011 Application & Instructions

2011 Academic Calendar
2011 Costs (costs estimated for Autumn 2011 until finalized by Univ. of Washington in July)

Research Apprenticeship Program
International Student Information
How to request transcripts
Directions to Friday Harbor


For additional information, please contact FHL Student Coordinator, Stacy Markman at fhladmin@uw.edu or (206) 616-0753.

Spring and autumn sessions run a full academic quarter (10-11 weeks) with courses and research apprenticeships targeted to undergraduates and post-baccalaureates. The spring and autumn sessions require a full-time commitment, generally Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer sessions run for 5 weeks and FHL schedules two sessions each summer. Students may enroll in one course per session. The FHL summer schedule includes a number of graduate-level courses plus one or two undergraduate-level courses. Summer courses require a full-time commitment, generally Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. plus Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. - noon (except no Saturday class held during the final week of each summer session).

* Please note: As of March 2011, all graduate-level summer courses at Friday Harbor Laboratories will now be offered under the "umbrella" course Biology 533: Advanced Organismal Biology. Thus transcripts from University of Washington will list the course title ADV ORG BIOL rather than the specific Friday Harbor Laboratories' course titles listed below for graduate-level courses (level 500 courses). Students may choose to print the FHL course description or provide a link to the appropriate FHL web page to give to their home department or advisor.

Students in all courses and research apprenticeships earn credits through the University of Washington (UW) but do not need to be currently enrolled at UW in order to attend; students come to FHL from all over the world.

Students generally live in double-occupancy dormitories on the FHL campus with meals provided in the FHL Dining Hall. FHL has limited capacity to house family members of students. If you would like your familiy to accompany you, please submit a request as early as possible.

Accepted students should plan to arrive at FHL on the afternoon or evening the day before class begins, and may depart on the final Friday of the session following lab clean up and lunch served 12:15-12:45.

Admission decisions are usually made within four to six weeks following the application deadline; applicants will be notified via email.


Research Apprenticeships
(targeted to undergraduates and post-baccalaureates)

Research apprenticeships at FHL are scheduled for a full academic quarter (10 weeks) in Spring and Autumn Quarters. Please visit the Research Apprenticeships webpage for more information.


Independent Study for UW Graduate Students

During all quarters, graduate students may register for research with the consent of their faculty advisors.

600 Independent Study or Research
700 Master's Thesis
800 Doctoral Dissertation


Students' Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Friday Harbor Laboratories?
Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) are a University of Washington campus dedicated to teaching and research in the marine sciences. Located on San Juan Island, Washington (75 miles NW of Seattle) FHL enjoys an international reputation for high quality courses and a research-intensive atmosphere.

Can I commute daily to Friday Harbor from Seattle?
No, it is not possible for students to communte from Seattle on a daily basis. Students and research apprentices will live and study on the FHL campus full time: five days per week (Mon-Fri) in Spring Quarter and Autumn Quarter; six days per week (Mon-Fri plus Sat morning) for courses in Summer Term A and Summer Term B. It may be possible to leave campus on the occassional weekend.

What are the accommodations like?
Dormitories have comfortable, double occupancy rooms with bathrooms down the hall. Each dorm room contains single beds (regular length), desk space with ample lighting, and two chairs. There is space to store belongings. There are no phones available in dorm rooms, but communal phones are available around campus. You may bring a cell phone (AT&T and Verizon work here, as do some other companies) and you should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card to use for long distance calling or faxing.

What are the arrangements for food?
Students and research apprentices at FHL are required to purchase the full-board meal plan (20 meals per week). The Dining Hall provides numerous options for the diversity of student preferences, including vegetarian and meat dishes, and salad bar. There are no cooking facilities available in the student dorms.

May I have visitors at FHL?
Yes, if housing is available when requested and reserved prior to visitors' arrival. Huts or cottages may be rented at a reasonable price on a first come, first served basis. (Huts are heated, one-room structures without plumbing. Bathrooms are nearby.) To request guest housing send an email to: fhlfac@uw.edu

How do I get to Friday Harbor?
Click here for information about traveling to Friday Harbor.


Can I get transcripts of my FHL class?
Yes, to receive a transcript for a course or apprenticeship completed at FHL, follow instructions provided at the following University of Washington website: http://washington.edu/students/ reg/transcripts.html#Q1.

Please note that your transcript from University of Washington may list a course title that does not exactly match the title of the course you complete at Friday Harbor Laboratories. The course title on the transcript will list the University of Washington "umbrella" course title under which the Friday Harbor Labs course is offered. For example, the FHL course title may be "Neuroetholgy" but because the course is Biology 533 it will be listed on a transcript as "BIOL 533 ADV ORG BIOL" (for Advanced Organismal Biology) as this is the name assisgned by the UW Biology Department for all Biology 533 courses. Unfortunately, the FHL course title cannot be posted on the transcript.

As of March 2011, all graduate-level courses will be offered under the "umbrella" course Biology 533: Advanced Organismal Biology.

Some FHL students choose to print the FHL course description with title, or provide a link to the appropriate FHL web page, to give to their home department or advisor. This information may be helpful if ypu plan to transfer the FHL course credits to your home institution. Students should speak with their advisors prior to enrolling for a course at University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.

The following are examples of University of Washington "umbrella course" titles under which FHL courses are frequently offered:

BIOL 479 Research in Marine Biology
BIOL 533 Advanced Organismal Biology


What are the requirements for international students?
Students come from all over the world to Friday Harbor Laboratories. All non-U.S. students, including Canadians, accepted to a course or apprenticeship at FHL must request an "I-20 Form" (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) issued by the University of Washington International Outreach Program. The I-20 Form will be needed to apply for a U.S. student visa through a U.S. embassy or consulate in the student's home country, a process that may require a month or more. Canadians do not need to obtain a U.S. student visa but will be required to present their I-20 Form at the border when entering the U.S.

The University of Washington fee for the I-20 Form is $50 and for most students there will also be an Express Mailing fee of $40. Instructions on how to apply for the I-20 Form will be provided by FHL staff to all international students following admission to an FHL course or apprenticeship. Once the I-20 Form has been issued by UW, all non-U.S. students, including Canadians, will also need to submit an application and $200 payment for the U.S. "SEVIS I-901" (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).

Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, will communicate with all international students and will provide information about how to apply for an I-20 Form and a U.S. student visa (F-1) AFTER a student has been accepted for a course or apprenticeship at Friday Harbor Labs.

How can I learn more about Friday Harbor Laboratories?
Click here for other frequently asked questions.


For additional information, please contact FHL Student Coordinator, Stacy Markman at fhladmin@uw.edu or (206) 616-0753.

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