Research Experiences for Undergraduates


When is the application deadline?

The deadline for the summer 2018 program is February 15, 2018.

Who can apply to this REU (e.g. Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident?)

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.  Continuing SPMC’s long-standing tradition of working with diverse student groups through the Multicultural Initiative in Marine Science Undergraduate Program, we strongly encourage applications from underserved and underrepresented groups.

How much is the stipend?

The stipend for the Ocean Science REU Program is $4,500 for the nine-week program, plus a $630 food allowance.

Where will I live for the summer?

Arrangements will be made for participants to live in the Shannon Point Marine Center residential facility for the duration of the program.

What other expenses are covered? (e.g. travel, housing)

The on-site housing at SPMC is covered by the NSF grant as is a travel allowance up to $500.

Is there tuition and can course credit transfer to my current college/university?

Students are not charged tuition to participate in this program. We do not offer credit for the program, however you may be able to make some credit arrangement with your home university.

What does the Ocean Science REU Program entail? In-field research with mentors or classroom work?

This is a hands-on research training program that combines an independent research project with fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, workshops and seminars.

Eligibility for the REU

If I previously participated in an REU program, may I still apply to the Ocean Science REU Program?

Students can participate in more than one REU program, but they must be offered through different National Science Foundation directorates. Students who have already had an REU opportunity will have lower priority in our selection process.

If I am graduating this Spring with a Bachelor's Degree, am I eligible for this program?

Students who are graduating or will have received their Bachelor’s degree by the start of the REU program are not eligible to participate in the program.

The Application Process

I tried to submit my application but am unsure if my application was received.

The Application “submit by email” button should automatically generate an email message using your email account with your application file attached for submission. Please review the instructions for additional information.

Where should Letters of Recommendation be sent?

Ask your referee to send an electronic version of their letter directly to application requires a letter from an individual, preferably a faculty member, who can assess your academic ability, motivation, work habits, potential as a researcher, and ability to participate in and benefit from an ocean science research internship program. Our selection committee relies heavily on this letter, so choose your referee carefully. Applications that do not have a letter of recommendation will not be considered. The letter will remain confidential and will not be shared beyond the selection committee.

How will I know if my application materials have been received?

Upon receipt of application materials the information is manually logged into our database system and an email message from will be generated notifying the applicant of information missing from the file. Once all materials are received, a final email is sent indicating that all materials have been received and the application is complete. Please note that due to the high volume of applications, the email notification may be delayed by several days or potentially weeks while we process the applications.

What format should I use for my letter of interest?

Any letter you submit for an internship position should be professional and carefully checked. What we really want is to understand who you are, what you would bring to the internship experience, and what makes you unique or particularly qualified. For general guidelines on such letters, you might check out this website.