Schedule, Programs, and Seminars

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The 12-week fellowship begins each May and runs through August.

Important Dates (2024 Tentative On-Site Schedule)

February 13 Application due
Late March/Early April Students notified of acceptance
May 19-24 Orientation Week
May 28 Summer research begins
Late June Mid-summer presentations
August 5 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
  • Interactive discussions and trainings
    • Living and working in a safe and welcoming environment
    • Science ethics
    • Preparing a proposal
    • Chesapeake Bay ecology
  •  Research cruise


  • Research proposals due (projects will be developed with mentors)
  • REU fellows mid-summer project presentation
  • Science communication training


  • Science ethics workshop
  • Resume workshop
  • Seminar: Applying to Graduate School
  • Panel: Alternate careers in environmental and marine science


  • 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 experience as their careers evolve.

Summer research ethics activities include:

  • Discussion on the responsible conduct of research
  • Virtual case studies and reflections
  • Ethics workshop with faculty

Ethics Resources:

Applying to Graduate School

Faculty and graduate students provide 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.

How to Apply to the Maryland Sea Grant REU program

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