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2012 Information for Students


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. Credits for FHL coursework will be earned through the University of Washington but applicants to FHL courses do not need to be enrolled at University of Washington. Students from all over the world come to study and conduct research at Friday Harbor Labs.


SPRING QUARTER 2012 (10 weeks)

Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 7, 2012

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan 15 (deadline may be extended if space available)

Link to Spring 2012 Web page

1) THE ZOO-BOT QUARTER 2012
Applicants choose a combination of courses from the following choices:
- Marine Zoology (Biology 430, 5 credits)
- Marine Botany (Biology 445, 5 credits)
- Developmental Biology Lab (Biology 412, 4 credits)
- Nearshore Ecology Research Experience (Biol/Fish/Ocean 479, 6 credits)
- Marine Genomics Research Experience (Biol/Fish/Ocean 479, 6 credits)

2) OCEAN ACIDIFICATION RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (Ocean 492, 15 credits)

3) MARINE SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (Ocean 492, 15 credits)

4) THREE SEAS PROGRAM

Dates to be determined
Northeastern University program


SUMMER SESSION A 2012 (5-week, 9-credit courses)

Link to Summer 2012 Web page

Monday, June 17 - Friday, July 19
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb 1st (deadline may be extended if space available)

1) MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY(Biology 432)

2) SENSORY BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR OF FISHES (Biology 533A)

3) MARINE ALGAE (Biology 533A)

4) COMPARATIVE INVERTEBRATE EMBRYOLOGY (Biology 533A)

SUMMER SESSION B 2012 (5-week, 9-credit courses)

Link to Summer 2012 Web page

Monday, July 22 - Friday, Aug 23
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb 1st (deadline may be extended if space available)

1) ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION OF MARINE BIRDS & MAMMALS (Fish 492)

2) OCEAN ACIDIFICATION (Biology 533B)

3) FISH SWIMMING (Biology 533B)

4) MARINE BIOACOUSTICS WORKSHOP (4-week, non-credit workshop)
Monday, July 22 - Friday, Aug 16


SUMMER 2012 (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 2012


SCIENTIFIC DIVING
dates to be determined (early September)
Application due May 1st

AUTUMN QUARTER 2012 (10 weeks)

Link to Auumnt 2012 Web page

Wednesday, Sept 25 - Friday, Dec 6
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1st (deadline may be extended if space available

1) MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER

Applicants choose a combination of courses to total full-time enrollment (12 or more credits):

- Marine Biology (5 credits: Biol 250, Ocean 250 or Fish 250)
- Ocean Circulation (3 credits: Ocean 210)
- Ichthyology (5 credits: Fish 311)
- Marine Environmental Research Experience (6 credits: Biol/Fish/Ocean 479)
- Reading and Writing the Marine Environment (5 credits: English 365 or English 283/383/483)
- Creative Writing Lab (1-5 credits: English 493)

2) PELAGIC ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION IN THE SAN JUAN ARCHIPELAGO
RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (Ocean 492, 15 credits)

Independent Study for UW graduate students


LINKS:


General information about Friday Harbor Laboratories
Research Apprenticeship Program
International Student Information
How to request transcripts
Directions to Friday Harbor


Spring 2012 course descriptions
Summer 2012 course descriptions
Autumn 2012 course descriptions
2012 Costs

Spring 2012 course descriptions
Summer 2012 course descriptions
Autumn 2012 course descriptions

2012 Academic Calendar

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

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.

Spring and Autumn sessions run a full academic quarter (10 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. Accepted students should plan to arrive at FHL after 3:00 p.m. the day before class begins. Spring Quarter and Autumn Quarter classes will run through 5:00 p.m. on the final Friday of the term, and students may stay at FHL on Friday night, departing on Saturday morning after breakfast (served 7:45-8:15 a.m.).

Summer sessions* run 5 weeks each; 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 two or three undergraduate-level courses. Summer courses require a full-time commitment, generally Monday-Saturday: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. plus Saturday mornings 8:30-12:00 (no Saturday class held during the final week of each summer session). In the two Summer Sesssions students must depart on Friday following lab clean up and lunch (lunch is served 12:15-12:45). Students may be asked to move their belongings out of the dorms before breakfast (to a building nearby) if another group is expected.

* Please note: As of March 2011, all graduate-level summer courses at Friday Harbor Laboratories will 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 title (level 500 courses). Students may wish to print the FHL course description or provide a link to the appropriate FHL web page to give to their home department or advisor.

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. Housing in an FHL double-occupancy dorm room will be automatically assigned by FHL staff for each accepted student; no action by the student is required to reserve housing. All students are provided, at no cost, a pillow with pillowcase and a blanket. We encourage students to bring their own sheets and towels but this bedding may be rented from Friday Harbor Labs for $5 per week; rented bedding may be exchanged for clean items once per week.

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 a salad bar. There are no cooking facilities available in the student dorms. Electrical appliances such as refrigerators or hot plates are not allowed in dorm rooms. A communal refrigerator is available for student use behind Dorm B.

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 you 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 charges an Express Mailing fee of $40 (Express Mailing is recommended for most students). 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 to 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.