Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

reu class of 2018 with orientation leaders
REU class of 2018 with orientation leaders
Check back late 2019 for information regarding the 2020 program!

Maryland Sea Grant offers fifteen students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top science mentors studying America’s largest estuary.

Each REU fellow will receive:

  • $6,000 stipend 
  • Free housing at your research lab
  • Round-trip travel expenses
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Research areas include:

  • Benthic environment
  • Climate change
  • Contaminants
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Estuarine processes
  • Fisheries
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Physical oceanography



We seek students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics.

Students from colleges and universities where research opportunities are limited and from groups underrepresented in marine and coastal science are encouraged to apply.

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. 


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.


Learn more about Maryland Sea Grant's REU program

Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Ms. Olivia Isaacs, Graduate Assistant
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 405-7500

Description: National Science Foundation logo Funding for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates site is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, Virginia (Grant OCE-1756244). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.