The Duke Marine Lab will not be offering an REU program for 2024. Students will participate in a 10-week semi-independent research program over the summer with faculty mentors in the following general areas:

  • Coastal and estuarine physical processes
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Sensory physiology, ecology, and behavior

Each student will work with a faculty mentor, develop a research project, present progress and final oral reports and prepare a final written paper. 

Program Dates

The Duke Marine Lab will not be offering an REU program for 2024. 


Participants pay no fees or tuition charges. All room and board expenses are covered by the program. There is a stipend and a travel allowance.


Students must be US citizens or permanent residents in the US or its territories, and be a rising sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program. Applications are encouraged from U.S. citizens belonging to groups currently underrepresented in the marine sciences (i.e., Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Asians, African Americans, Latino/Hispanics and Pacific Islanders).


The program will take place at the Duke University Marine Lab located on Pivers Island in coastal Carteret County of North Carolina. Pivers Island is part of the Newport River estuary and is about 2 km from the ocean via the Beaufort Inlet. Coastal and estuarine species and a variety of habitats (marshes, mudflats, sand flats, beaches, creeks, channels and coastal ocean) are readily available for research.