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 2019, REU students will arrive at BIOS on August 25 and depart on November 16.
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. Underrepresented groups and students attending colleges or universities with limited STEM research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 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, 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 information on this page carefully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. The application deadline is May 31. Applications received after this date may be considered subject to availability.
Prior to submitting an application prospective interns are encouraged to contact potential BIOS mentors directly to discuss projects. Mentor contact details can be found using the links provided here. Students who meet the eligibility requirements should consult the list of mentors and potential research projects.
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:
- “The NSF REU program at BIOS was one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had. It opened my eyes to the world of scientific research. The staff and mentors were amazing, the location is absolutely beautiful, and the entire internship was one of the best things I have ever done!” Adriana Formby-Fernandez, 2018
- “I would absolutely recommend an internship at BIOS. Coming in with little experience in ocean science I wasn't sure if I would be able to fully take advantage of this opportunity. However, I was fully supported in everything I did and felt comfortable reaching out for help whenever I needed it. My time here has definitely helped me figure out where I want my career to go, and has provided me with the skills to get myself there. BIOS truly is a wonderful place, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to work here.” Rebecca Ju, 2018
- “The NSF REU program at BIOS was an amazing opportunity that provided hands-on experience in marine science research. The knowledge I gained through BIOS will provide me with the necessary skills to pursue a career in scientific research. The staff was very welcoming and provided support in both my research and in preparing me for my future career. I highly recommend the NSF REU program at BIOS to anyone interested in doing marine science research in a beautiful island setting.” Alec Weaver, 2018
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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.