Research Experiences for Undergraduates


The application period for 2024 is closed.

Maryland Sea Grant offers 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

Research areas include: Benthic environment, Climate change, Contaminants, Environmental chemistry, Estuarine processes, Fisheries, Modeling and analysis, Molecular biology and genetics, and Physical oceanography.


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.

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, 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
Mr. Chris Flight, Professional Development and Aquaculture Education Coordinator

Maryland Sea Grant College
5825 University Research Court, Suite 1350
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 405-7500


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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