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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, 2019

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week full-time positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

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The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries, and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA.

Field of Internship: Internship is available for Research Experience
Course Level: Internship
Internship Provider:
Marine Biological Laboratory
An internship can be taken in 
the U.S.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Required: Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential.
  • Preferred: Previous experience with boats is useful but not required.
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required.

Internship Open for International Students: No

Is this paid internship? This is a paid internship programme.

Program benefits include:

  • Students are expected to present their findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole.
  • In addition to a stipend ($500/week), housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA.

Internship Description:

REU projects will be drawn from the following areas: microbial processes and communities, sediment dynamics, plant ecology, population and community ecology of invertebrates, fish population size and diet, marsh carbon and nitrogen cycles, and watershed inputs and processing.

Students will work closely with mentors to develop and conduct independent projects within these research areas. However, both students will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling.

Number of awards offered: 2

Internship Duration: 10-week

Notification: Not given

How to Apply:

To apply, you will need to register online.

The following items must be uploaded with your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • References – Names and contact information of three persons who may be asked to provide letters of reference
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Note: Do not ask referees to send unsolicited letters; these will be requested by them for final candidates only.

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is Ongoing.

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