Applications for the 2022 program are closed. For 2023 program details, please check this webpage or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive 2023 program announcements.
An REU internship at BIOS is a great way for U.S. undergraduate students to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in science.
BIOS has National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support nine undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the fall semester. Students will conduct individual research projects in a collaborative team environment under the expert mentorship of BIOS faculty and staff. The 2022 REU research projects are based around the following broad research themes:
Research Theme 1:
Measuring Coral Reef Community Light-Use Efficiency
Research Theme 2:
Coral Reef Function: Environmental Drivers of Organism and Community Scale Metabolism
Research Theme 3:
Coral Larval Settlement and Recruitment Dynamics
Throughout the semester, REU students will give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to BIOS faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, flora and fauna as well as workshops and seminars given by BIOS faculty.
Eligibility and Terms of Internship
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To be eligible, applicants must be over 18 years of age and enrolled in a program of undergraduate study immediately before and after the program dates. Underrepresented groups and students attending colleges or universities with limited STEM research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences. Successful candidates are advised to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions. Return airfare (from and to the U.S.), campus accommodation, meals and a competitive stipend are covered by the BIOS REU program; medical/travel insurance is the responsibility of the student.
Before you begin your application please review the instructions carefully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. The application deadline is May 31.
Students will be working on individual projects within a collaborative group setting organized around three broad, overarching research themes. While applicants will be asked to indicate their preferred area of research, final decisions will be made by the selection committee.
Since the inception of our REU program in 1991, BIOS has enabled over 200 students to undertake independent research projects in Bermuda. Of these, approximately 80 students have translated their efforts into peer-reviewed publications in prominent scientific journals and conference proceedings. BIOS’s REU program provides a springboard to future careers in ocean and atmospheric sciences and as a result, REU students have positive things to say about their experiences:
- “My internship helped me to gain valuable experience in science and communication. Additionally, I feel that this internship helped me to gain perspective because of the broad diversity of learners, researchers, and faculty supported at BIOS. I feel more prepared to make decisions about my future career path.” Jacob Harrison, 2021
- “I hoped to learn about oceanography and oceanographic career paths, develop new professional skills, and decide if I want to pursue research further. I achieved all three of these goals.” Kaitlyn Lindholm, 2021
- “My time at BIOS taught me how to manage my time, work through a research project, and become better at oral presentations. After experiencing what a true research setting encompasses I have become even more confident that I want to pursue a career in marine science research.” Natalie Munich, 2021
Monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The health and well-being of everyone involved in BIOS’s educational programs is our top priority. Due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, only fully vaccinated students are able to participate in BIOS programs.
If you have questions that relate to the coronavirus disease as it concerns your plans for studying at BIOS, including application deadlines, the potential for cancellations, rescheduling, and refunding, please contact the Education Department.
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Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. Award number OCE-2050858. The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.