Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

reu class of 2015 with orientation leaders
REU class of 2015 with orientation leaders
Chesapeake Quarterly, v 13, n 4Read about our summer program in a recent edition of Chesapeake Quarterly!

Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources.

The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics.

During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project at one of the two marine labs at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences located on the Chesapeake Bay:

Research areas include:

  • Estuarine processes
  • Benthic environment
  • Climate change
  • Physical oceanography
  • Contaminants
  • Fisheries
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Submerged aquatic vegetation
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Coastal observing systems

Each REU fellow will receive:

  • A stipend of $6,000
  • Housing costs
  • Round-trip travel expenses


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed at least two years of study towards (but not yet completed) a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students who are rising seniors. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. 

Learn more about Maryland Sea Grant's REU program


  • Check out a PDF slideshow about REU, read and share our flyer about the program in 2015, and “Like” our Facebook page! facebook icon Become a Friend of the program. (We have both a Page and a profile.)
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How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official transcripts
  • A list of courses in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about how to apply to the program.

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Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Michael Allen, Assistant Director for Research
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 405-7500
Fax: (301) 314-5780

Description: National Science Foundation logo Funding for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to encourage students to develop independence and confidence in a research-oriented atmosphere and to continue their education in coastal and marine sciences. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.