The 12-week fellowship begins each May and runs through August.
Important Dates (2015 Class)
|February 20||Application due|
|Early April||Students notified of acceptance|
|May 17-22||Orientation Week|
|May 26||Summer research begins|
|August 7||Final research symposium|
|August 9||Final papers due; fellowship concludes|
Overview of Summer Schedule
- Visit Horn Point Laboratory and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
- Meet with mentor
- Kayak trip
- Research cruise
- Science ethics
- Preparing a proposal
- Chesapeake Bay ecology
- Research proposals due (projects will be developed with mentors)
- REU Fellows mid-summer project presentation
- Canoe trip on Jug Bay
- Field trip, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Workshop: Science and Ethics
- Seminar: Applying to Graduate School
- Panel: Alternate Careers in Environmental and Marine Science
- REU Research Symposium presentations
- Final papers due
Workshops and Seminars
We organize a summer seminar series (four to five speakers) at each laboratory. Speakers are from within and outside the labs. These seminars discuss a variety of marine research topics and offer an informal structure for networking with members of the lab community outside a fellow’s research group. Lunch with the speakers, REUs, and graduate students follows the seminars and provides time for in-depth discussions.
Science and Ethics
During the research ethics portion of our REU program, we explore the issues of scientific responsibility and provide students with the necessary tools to confront ethical dilemmas they might confront as their careers evolve.
Summer research ethics activities include:
- Lecture on the responsible conduct of research
- Ethics workshop
- Roundtable discussions with faculty
- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research, Third Edition. (2009) National Academy of Sciences. National Academy Press, Washington D. C. All Maryland REU Fellows are required to read this publication.
- Online Ethics Center
- The ten most important things to know about research ethics, by Kenneth D. Pimple.
Applying to Graduate School
Dr. Ken Paynter, director of the University of Maryland, College Park's graduate program in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science (MEES) presents a relaxed, interactive seminar on how to apply to graduate school.
Panel: Alternate Careers in Environmental and Marine Science
REU students have the unique opportunity to talk with employers from environmental and marine science organizations about career opportunities in non-academic arenas. Panelists offer great tips on how to successfully interview and land your first job or graduate school position. Students will be able to ask the panelists plenty of questions and share a lunch with them afterward.
Past participating organizations have included:
- American Institute of Biological Sciences
- Coastal States Organization
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Chesapeake Bay Trust
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- General Counsel Office, NOAA Ocean Service
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- National Center for Environmental Research, EPA
- Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
- Potomac-Hudson Engineering Inc.
- Pew Environmental Group
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
- Versar, Inc.