What type of housing can I expect?
The MDI Biological Laboratory offers on-campus housing that is within a minute’s walk of the laboratories and the Dining Hall. Birch and Spruce Halls, the two main undergraduate student residences, feature the amenities of a traditional college dormitory. Each dorm is co-ed and has eight double occupancy rooms and two gender-specific shared bathrooms.
Emery Dorm is the residence for high school students. Emery is co-ed. A Resident Advisor lives in the residence to provide supervision and guidance.
The residence halls have quiet hours and are substance free. Overnight guests are not permitted, nor are pets and appliances.
Who will be my roommate?
Your roommate will be one of your peers (i.e., undergrads will room with undergrads, high schoolers with high schoolers). Roommates are assigned by the Education Office. Students with compatible interests and backgrounds are often assigned to room together. Students are welcome to indicate a roommate preference, but there is no guarantee that a specific assignment will be made.
Where will I eat?
Everything you need is available in the dining hall. Lunch (12–1 pm) and dinner (6–7 pm) are prepared Monday–Friday. Breakfast is self-serve in the dining hall. On the weekends, students are provided with lunch makings and the cooks prepare dinners. Our wonderful kitchen team will accommodate special diets to the best of their ability.
Who else will be at the MDI Biological Laboratory?
The summer community is composed of scientists and their families from institutions around the world, and post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. The residential scientific staff and the summer community are highly interactive. Prominent scientists come to the laboratory to give seminars and workshops, students are provided opportunities to interact with guest speakers, and are expected to attend seminars.
What will my work hours be?
Most students work a typical 7-8 hour day with breaks for meals. Exact hours depend on experiments and seminars, and sometimes students start early or work late, depending on what is going on in the lab. Students are expected to attend seminars throughout their stay; most seminars are scheduled on weekday mornings or evenings.
What activities are there outside the lab?
Mount Desert Island offers a plethora of summer activities. Using the free Island Explorer public transportation system, students can travel around Acadia National Park and into Bar Harbor.
There are many activities in the Park, from hiking mountains and the Carriage Roads to cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming. Bar Harbor offers even more attractions, including whale-watching excursions and shopping.
Students often organize group camping and hiking trips to Baxter State Park and Katahdin. There are also sports competitions with summer students at The Jackson Laboratory, including Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and sandpit volleyball.
What types of research are conducted at the MDI Biological Laboratory?
See our Research page.
May I choose my mentor?
Undergraduate applicants may specify three mentors or preferred research areas on their application. The Education Office will consider your preferences when assigning mentors.
High school applicants are assigned mentors by the Education Office.
May I bring my car?
How do I get to the MDI Biological Laboratory?
How do I apply?
Contact the Education Office.