Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Since 1990, The Shannon Point Marine Center has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty advisor.

Each summer, eight selected students spent nine weeks at the Shannon Point Marine Center conducting original research with a faculty adviser. At the end of the session, students produced a written and an oral report based on the results of their research. Student research projects have included work on productivity and nutrient cycling in local watershed systems; ocean acidification; marine microbial ecology; marine chemical ecology; physiology of symbiosis; ecology and physiology of seaweeds; larval development, physiology, ecology; and environmental toxicology.

Funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation provides participant financial support including:

  • A $5400 stipend for the summer
  • A $675 food allowance. Participants are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food. There is a well-equipped kitchen facility for that purpose.
  • Housing in the SPMC dormitory
  • A travel allowance up to $650

The application process for the 2021 REU program (with program dates of June 17 – August 15) will open in December 2020. Application instructions can be found here. Application deadline will be February 14, 2021.

REU students working in the field