Research Experiences for Undergraduates

 
Application now available for summer 2021. Click here to apply!

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:

  • $7,200 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, and Physical oceanography.

Eligibility

We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all participants in our program. We strive to support students from a diversity of majors, colleges, backgrounds, and life experiences in our cohorts.

The program is best suited for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics, and related degrees.

Students from colleges and universities where research opportunities are limited and from groups underrepresented in marine and coastal science are welcome and 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
  • Short answer questions
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A list of courses in progress
  • A contact to request a recommendation

Learn more about how to apply to the program.

Summer 2021 and COVID-19

We are eager for a return to an in-person internship program during summer 2021. However, it is very difficult to predict what the status of the pandemic will be. We will rely on university policies and procedures to guide how the program will operate and ensure the health and safety of participants. The university’s current COVID-19 response status can be found at this website. We anticipate assessing and deciding in late March 2021 whether the program will be in person, remote or somewhere in between.

Learn more about Maryland Sea Grant's REU program

Maryland Sea Grant's Commitment to DEI

Maryland Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity. Learn more about our mission here.

Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research & Administration
Ms. Aliya Mejias, Graduate Assistant

Maryland Sea Grant College
5825 University Research Court, Suite 1350
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 405-7500
E-mail: reu@mdsg.umd.edu

 

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. 

 

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