Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

reu class of 2018 with orientation leaders
REU class of 2018 with orientation leaders
The application portal for summer 2019 will open in December.

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:

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

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


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Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 405-7500
Fax: (301) 314-5780

Description: National Science Foundation logo Funding for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates site is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, Virginia (Grant OCE-1756244). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.