Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Summer Research Experience in the Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean

Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory's summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and participate in seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.

Each student in the program is paired with a Bigelow Laboratory scientist based on mutual research interests. During the ten weeks, students work with their mentors to identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare an abstract and poster. At the end of the program, students present their poster and give a talk at a student symposium.

Research areas vary year to year, but include marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, bioinformatics, sensory biology and phytoplankton ecology.

The 2016 program dates are May 31 through August 5 and will be held at the Laboratory's East Boothbay campus. Successful applicants receive a stipend, free housing, food allowance, and funds for travel to and from Bigelow Laboratory. Applications will be open January 1, 2016.

Please read the application instructions before beginning the application process.

A complete application to the REU Program consists of the following materials:

  1.  The online application form
  2. Responses to the short answer questions
  3. Two letters of reference from individuals, at least one a recent science instructor, who can comment on your interest and commitment to self-motivated projects. Recommenders should submit their letters using the online form.
  4. An official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution

All application materials must be received by March 1st. Due to the high number of applications received each year, incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All application materials should be sent to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, not the National Science Foundation.

All students who are offered a position with the Bigelow REU have from March 15th to March 30th to accept or reject the offer. This REU site is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences.

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