Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Applying to SPMC's REU Program

2016 Program Dates: June 21, 2016 – August 19, 2016
(pending funding)

How to Apply

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions and must be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year institution of higher education. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree before the start date of the program are ineligible. 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, underrepresented and underprivileged groups.

Applicants are required to submit a letter describing their general background and interests in pursuing a research experience, undergraduate transcripts, and one letter of reference from an individual familiar with the student's academic performance by February 15, 2016.

Application materials may be submitted:


Dr. Brian Bingham
Shannon Point Marine Center
1900 Shannon Point Road
Anacortes, WA 98221; or


(360) 293-1083; or



Get an Application Form* (Must use Adobe Reader to complete the Application Form)

*IMPORTANT: The application form works best from a desktop or laptop, not a tablet or smartphone. Download the form to the desktop/laptop before completing.

Helpful Hints for Submitting the REU Application Materials
1. Your letter of interest should include your name on the letter. (For example, use a general business letter format with your name, address, date and to whom the letter is addressed.)
2. Official transcripts are preferred; however unofficial transcripts will be considered.
3. The Letter of Recommendation may be sent directly from the person writing the letter to the email address ( or our mailing address. It may sent separately from your other application materials.
4. The Application Form may be sent by email (Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, or other webmail).
Additional helpful hints are available in this document.

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, elrom at or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

All students who are offered a position at this REU Site have until March 15th or later to accept or reject the offer. Any student who is asked to accept or reject an offer prior to March 15th should contact the National Science Foundation.

Western Washington University is committed to ensuring that all programs and activities are readily accessible to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, Vietnam era veteran or disabled veteran status.

Page Updated 10.28.2015