REU: Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program for Undergraduates

Work-ready training in marine science, policy, management, and outreach

NEW! 2019 Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars application instructions are available now!

2018 Host Position Descriptions are available here. (2019 Updates coming soon!)

Purpose: To contribute to a diverse ocean workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment, and prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach.

How to Apply:  Oregon Sea Grant will use eSeaGrant for submitting fellowship applications. In order to access this system and submit your application for this fellowship, you are strongly encouraged to email by February 152019, declaring your interest in applying. Once you announce your interest in this fellowship, an eSeaGrant account will be created for you (stating your interest in applying does not make you obligated to apply). All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through this system. We are here to provide assistance as needed, but please do not wait until the last minute to apply. All application materials (see Application Instructions) should be uploaded to eSeaGrant by March 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard TimeIncomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please be sure to provide recommendation writers with adequate time to complete and submit their letters. While we encourage electronic submission of your application, if this is not a possibility please contact by February 15, 2018 and we will provide accommodations.

Important Dates:
February 15 – Email regarding your intent to apply
March 1 – Applications due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Late March – Interviews with top candidates
Mid-April – Notification of Awards and Placement
June 17 – Summer Scholars Program begins
August 23 – Summer Scholars Program ends

program website and application details

REU: Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem (Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

New for the summer of 2019, we are excited to announce the launch of our NSF-funded REU Site – ‘Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem’. Briefly, the program includes 10 weeks of hands-on research experience at our waterfront location in downtown Portland Maine, a $500/week stipend, housing, meal allowances and travel support for 6-8 students. For more information please visit:

We welcome applications from undergraduate students from a broad range of institutions and backgrounds including students from two- and four-year colleges and underserved communities (e.g., minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, veterans).

Online applications are now open and will close on February 15thDecisions will be made by March 15th.

Thank you for circulating this opportunity to your colleagues and students.


Graham Sherwood PhD, REU Lead

on behalf of the GMRI Research Team

Summer 2019 Undergrad Research on Chesapeake Bay (REU), Deadline: Feb. 15

Summer 2019 Undergrad Research on Chesapeake Bay (REU), Deadline: Feb. 15

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU program. We bring upper-level undergraduate students to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

Each REU fellow will receive:
$6,000 stipend
Free housing at your research lab
Round-trip travel expenses

In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.

Join us for our 12-week program from May 19 to August 11, 2019. We are accepting applications through February 15. Please visit our website to find out more ( or drop me a note at


Mike Allen
Maryland Sea Grant

– Program Flyer download
– 12-week program: May 19 to August 11, 2019
– $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
– Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
– Applications due: February 15, 2019
– Application and guidance

2019 Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, California State University, Monterey Bay

I am enlisting your assistance in advertising the 2019 Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at California State University, Monterey Bay to your students and associates. We are now accepting applications for our 2019 summer program. Our REU program is open to students from all STEM-related majors.

Students in our REU program can choose to conduct research in Monterey Bay in the following areas (the list of research topics within each area is not exhaustive):

  • Marine Biology and Ecology (includes population ecology, kelp forest ecology, marine landscape ecology, marine microbiology, population genetics, ecophysiology and biomechanics)
  • Ocean Engineering (includes ocean robotics, autonomous underwater vehicle design, computer programming, scientific instrumentation development)
  • Oceanography (includes ocean current modeling, ocean-atmosphere interactions, ocean acidification and plankton ecology)
  • Marine Geology (includes deep sea canyon formation, coastal hydrology, seafloor mapping, coastal erosion, plate tectonics and marine biogeochemistry)

In addition to electing to work with mentors at CSU Monterey Bay students can also elect to work with mentors at our Monterey Bay area REU partner institutions. For 2019 these include:

Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Naval Postgraduate School

Students will be provided with a $5,000 stipend in addition to support for travel, room and board. REU students will also receive post-REU support to attend conferences and in applying to graduate programs. The application portal will close on February 11th, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. Our 10 week summer program will run from June 3rd to August 9th, 2019. Additional program details, including application and eligibility information, can be found on our homepage: A program flyer is also attached.

We especially encourage applications from student groups historically underrepresented in the Ocean Sciences and students from institutions where research opportunities are limited (Junior/Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges, HBCUs and HSIs). Preference is given to student applicants who are current sophomores or juniors.

Please feel free to have your students contact us at our REU email address ( with their questions.

REU: Ocean Global Change Biology at UCSB

Ocean Global Change Biology REU @ UCSB

The goal of the OGCB REU program is to provide students with a supportive
environment in which to conduct a student-led project on the impacts of
environmental change on marine and organisms and ecosystems.

Here at UCSB, we have a world-class research faculty and a community of
people that support and foster undergraduates in research experiences. Our
research program will run from June 25th -August 17th 2018.

For more information visit:

Applications Deadline: March 15, 2018

Application Materials:

  1. Transcript (unofficial transcript will be accepted)
  2. Personal statement (2-pages)
  3. C.V.
  4. List of completed coursework
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Send all application materials to: oceanchange-reu @

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology REU: Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s REU program: “Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast” (EMBOC) will be accepting 10 students, five from 2-year colleges and five from 4-year colleges, to conduct research this summer (June 17 – August 18, 2018) at the University of Oregon’s marine lab. REU students will develop individual marine research projects in one of our eight faculties’ labs and participate in weekly seminars, professional development workshops, and social activities from exploring local marine habitats like rocky shores and sand dunes to touring other institutions that specialize in marine science.

The application period is from December 15, 2017-February 15, 2018.

Please pass on word of the EMBOC program to any interested undergraduates.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please see our website

Maryland Sea Grant REU in Estuarine Science

Please invite your undergraduate students to apply for Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science.

Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.

– Program Flyer download
– 12-week program: May 20 to August 12, 2018
– $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
– Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
Applications due: February 16, 2018
– Application and guidance

** Summer 2018 program is pending continuing support from the National Science Foundation **

We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

What is an REU, and what does it mean for you?

REU stands for ‘Research Experiences for Undergraduates’. Researchers from a wide range of backgrounds (including marine biology and ocean sciences) can become an REU site through their research grants, and it means they provide opportunities to mentor undergraduate research projects.

From the National Science Foundation website:

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

This can be a great opportunity to build your own research experience, connect with faculty and researchers, and support yourself through summer. REUs are competitive, and the application period for many will happen in January and February. Note that you aren’t limited to REU sites from your own University (although Friday Harbor Labs hosts summer REUs annually), so this is also an opportunity to research with other institutions and labs.

Our faculty frequently help spread the word for various REUs, so you will see more of these posts as they come in. Don’t wait for that though: start combing through the NSF REU search page today.

FHL Tide Bites: Bacterial Responses to Ocean Acidification

Think ‘small’ when reading the latest “Tide Bite” from Friday Harbor Labs: Professor Lisa Crummet writes about her research in the summer of 2016 at FHL on ocean acidification on marine bacteria. Note that she worked with a summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) intern. These are fully-funded internships at FHL which include a stipend as well as room and board. The application period for REU positions is fast approaching, and will start in winter 2017.

Ocean acidification, resulting from an increase in atmospheric CO2, is a growing concern as it is projected to impact all ocean regions and affect a wide variety of marine life.  Although a significant amount of research has focused on studying the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on marine animal phyla and even eukaryotic phytoplankton, less attention has been focused on how OA affects marine bacteria.  Both autotrophic (“producer”) and heterotrophic (“consumer”) bacteria play important roles in the marine food web; Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus (picocyanobacteria) alone contribute up to 50% of fixed carbon in the marine environment.  The response of bacterioplankton to ocean acidification has been inconsistent across studies and more research is needed at multi-species and community scales as opposed to laboratory experiments on a single species of cultured bacteria.

read the full story at: FHL Tide Bite #52: “Bacterial Responses to Ocean Acidification”, December 2017

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Applications for the 2017 SURF program are being accepted until March 5, 2017.  Apply now!

What is the SURF REU program?

SURF is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) designed to engage students in diverse and exciting Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution.

In particular, the SURF program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue Earth and ocean sciences career pathways, and to recruit individuals from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities.

SURF is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences.