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
- 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
- Schedule, Programs, and Seminars: Summary of key dates, field trips, seminars on careers in science, and more.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the program.
- Research Topics and Mentors: Learn about the research topics studied in previous years by participating students and the mentors who advised them on those topics.
- Our Students and Their Research: Photos and names of past students and descriptions of their projects and publications.
- Watch our video to learn about the REU program from members of the class of 2014:
- Check out a PDF slideshow about REU, read and share our flyer about the program in 2015, and “Like” our Facebook page! Become a Friend of the program. (We have both a Page and a profile.)
How to Apply
Interested students are required to submit:
- Application form
- Personal statement
- 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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For more information about the program, please contact:
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, elrom@NSF.gov or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.