An REU internship at BIOS is a great way to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in the marine and atmospheric sciences!
BIOS has National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the 2015 fall semester. Students will conduct independent projects under faculty and staff supervision within several research areas including:
- Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean
- Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems
- Molecular biology of marine organisms
- Environmental chemistry of Bermuda's atmosphere and inshore waters
- Effects and consequences of global environmental change
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, as well as workshops and seminars given by BIOS faculty. In 2015, REU students will arrive at BIOS on August 30 and depart on November 21.
Eligibility and Terms of Internship
Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and who will still be undergraduates in the fall of 2015 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants may be ineligible if they have participated in a previous NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences (other disciplines are eligable to apply). BIOS encourages all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions. Students will reside on the BIOS campus. Travel expenses, room, board, and a competitive stipend will be covered by the REU program; travel insurance is the responsibility of the student.
- Before applying to the REU program, please review the list of potential 2015 REU projects and mentors. You will be asked to select three mentors and research projects that you would be interested in working with during your time at BIOS. You may wish to review a list of previous REU projects conducted at BIOS dating back to 1996.
- Once you've identified potential mentors and research projects, complete the REU Application Form and follow the instructions regarding required supplementary documents listed at the end of the form, then e-mail your completed application and accompanying materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the attachments sent as .pdf files. Reference letters may be submitted by the student or directly by the authors. If you have difficulty with the form, you can contact BIOS's Education Department at email@example.com or via phone at 441-297-1880 x115.
- Applications should be submitted no later than May 31, 2015. Applications received after this date may be evaluated if space is available. Applicants are usually notified by the end of June. In special circumstances, early consideration may be possible.
Over the years, dozens of REU students have translated their hard work at BIOS into peer-reviewed publications in prominent scientific journals and conference proceedings such as poster presentations. 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:
- "This REU internship has been a phenomenal experience all around. In these 12 weeks I gained exposure to incredibly compelling research, I got a taste of life on Bermuda, and I cultivated relationships with wonderful people. This program is hands-on learning at its finest. The chance to connect with people from so many different areas of expertise is unbelievable, and opportunity is abounds to jump onboard with any ongoing fieldwork or research. This internship is an ideal experience for inquisitive minds and motivated individuals. I recommend it wholeheartedly." Keeley Rideout, REU 2014
- "My REU internship at BIOS was an incredible experience. I learned a lot from the guidance of my mentors and grew as a research scientist by working independently on an intensive research project. I now feel even more enthusiastic about attending graduate school and pursuing a career in research." Chloe Emerson, REU 2014
- "BIOS is, in its founding, a research institute, and Bermuda is a prime location for studying the ocean. Any university can teach and give you the tools of research, but only an institute of this caliber can give you the chance to conduct novel research, under the guidance of an expert scientist. I have high regard for the staff: they are the heart of BIOS, and I count myself lucky for having the opportunity to connect with such an excellent group." April Oliver, REU 2014
- "I was impressed by the ability to meet and talk with the staff and mentors outside of the lab environment. My time at BIOS has not changed my thoughts on working to become a researcher in the future, but it has solidified my choice to become a scientist. I would definitely recommend the NSF REU program at BIOS to anyone interested in the marine sciences. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet other scientists, and have fun while doing it.” Gabriel Schuler, REU 2014
Visit our REU Facebook page to meet and mingle with former and prospective REU interns, find out about previous projects, see photos of REU interns conducting their research, read testimonials, meet the advisers, and more!
Read more about the REU program from the 2014 student blogs.
The 2015 REU program at BIOS is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences under Grant No. 1460686. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.