We are now accepting applications for 2018 REU Internships at BIOS.
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 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 2018, REU students will arrive at BIOS on August 26 and depart on November 17.
Eligibility and Terms of Internship
Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and have not graduated at the time of the program 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 eligible to apply). BIOS encourages all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions. Students will reside on the BIOS campus. Return airfare, accommodations, meals, and a competitive stipend will be covered by the REU program; medical/travel insurance is the responsibility of the student.
Before you begin your application, please review the information on this page carefully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Application deadline is May 31. Applications received after this date may be considered subject to availability.
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. 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:
- “BIOS has a strong community of staff and interns that have had a huge, positive influence on my experience as an undergraduate. The experience has not only propelled me forward with graduate school opportunities and future internships, but given me several more role models in the field I want to pursue. I would absolutely recommend BIOS to anybody interested. My three months in Bermuda pushed me to be a better student, writer, and researcher.” Emma Strand, REU 2017
- “This program helped me improve my skills as a scientist, as a programmer and as a presenter. I definitely feel more confident in my research skills and closer to the scientific community. I also had my first experience on a multiple day research cruise with the Oceanic Flux Program (OFP). In conclusion the BIOS REU helped me realize that ocean sciences/oceanography is the correct career path for me.” Joan Bonilla, REU 2016
- “The REU program at BIOS was everything I hoped for and more. I learned more about the scientific process than I ever anticipated. In addition, my project has opened up so many doors for opportunities such as publication and presenting at conferences that I never anticipated getting the opportunity for as an undergraduate. The REU program helped me confirm that I am in the correct field and solidified my decision to enroll in a graduate program in the near future.” Katherine Hudson, REU 2016
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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-1757475. The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.