Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2017

Applications for the summer 2017 MDSG Research Experiences for Undergraduates program are now being accepted. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Maryland Sea Grant

Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources.

The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics.

During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project at one of the two marine labs at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences located on the Chesapeake Bay:

Research areas include:

  • Estuarine processes
  • Benthic environment
  • Climate change
  • Physical oceanography
  • Contaminants
  • Fisheries
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Submerged aquatic vegetation
  • Modeling and analysis

Each REU fellow will receive:

  • A stipend of $6,000
  • Housing costs
  • Round-trip travel expenses 


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed at least two years of study towards (but not yet completed) a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students who are rising seniors. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official transcripts
  • A list of courses in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about how to apply to the program.

Learn more about Maryland Sea Grant's REU program