Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Schedule, Programs, and Seminars

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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
June Mid-summer presentations
August 7 Final research symposium
August 9 Final papers due; fellowship concludes

Overview of Summer Schedule

Orientation

  • Visit Horn Point Laboratory and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
  • Meet with mentor
  • Kayak trip
  • Research cruise
  • Lectures
    • Science ethics
    • Preparing a proposal
    • Chesapeake Bay ecology

June

  • Research proposals due (projects will be developed with mentors)
  • REU Fellows mid-summer project presentation
  • Canoe trip on Jug Bay

July

  • 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

August

  • REU Research Symposium presentations
  • Final papers due

Workshops and Seminars

Seminar Series

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

Ethics Resources:

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
  • Oceana
  • Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
  • Potomac-Hudson Engineering Inc.
  • Pew Environmental Group
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Versar, Inc.

Apply here to the Maryland Sea Grant REU program