MDSG Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

Maryland Sea Grant

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021

Grant amount: More than US $6,000

Fields of work: Marine Biology Climatology Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology Oceanography Fisheries Marine/Ocean Conservation

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: United States

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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.
  • 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, and round-trip travel expenses.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must 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 with five semesters of coursework are much better prepared for the summer REU research experience.
  • Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • A student who has already had an REU Fellowship will not be considered for another one.
    • There are exceptions to this rule, and each decision will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.