Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Applying to SPMC's REU Program

2021 Program Dates: June 17 – August 15

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 students, we strongly encourage applications from underserved, underrepresented and underprivileged groups.

Applicants are required to submit an application form; undergraduate transcripts; one letter of reference; and a statement including 1) the area of marine science interest, 2) personal goals for the internship and beyond, 3) qualities the applicant will bring to the program as a result of work/activities/other experiences, and 4) an experience overcoming adversity or an obstacle in life. Materials must be submitted by February 14, 2021.

Application materials may be submitted by:



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


(360) 293-1083


Get an Application Form (You must use Adobe Reader to complete the Application Form)

Helpful Hints for Submitting the REU Application Materials

  1. Your statement of interest should include your name. For example, use a general business letter format with your name, address, date and to whom the letter is addressed. Submit the file in a Microsoft Word or PDF document.
  2. Official transcripts are preferred but unofficial transcripts will be considered. When submitting unofficial transcripts, ensure the document specifies your name and the name of the institution.
  3. The Letter of Recommendation must 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 and answers to common questions can be found in this FAQ

Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA (Award OCE-01947838). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. 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.