Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Estuarine & Coastal Marine Sciences
The National Science Foundation funded REU program will take place at the Duke 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.
June 5 – August 11, 2017
February 15, 2017
Nine students will participate in a 10 week semi-independent research program 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.
- REU Advisors and Projects page provides examples of available research projects and advisers.
- The frequently asked questions page contains information about housing, the application process, transportation, etc.
Stipend, Travel and Housing Information
Students will receive housing and meals at the Duke Marine Lab in addition to a stipend and 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).
Please submit the application, statement of interest, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and resume as a single PDF document (in order) and send it to email@example.com.(The document should have the applicant’s name in the document name):
- Application form. Form is available as a PDF or Word Doc.
- Statement of interest should include (i) your area(s) of interest from the list above, (ii) advisor(s) of interest from the list below, (iii)academic/research preparation for this research area, (iv) career plans, (v) usefulness of the REU program for your career objective)
- Current resume
- Unofficial Transcript (please note that we prefer to receive one complete application package per student)
Additional Application Materials (required)
- Two pdf letters of recommendation (send to:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Duke University Marine Lab
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
All students who are offered a position at this REU Site have until March 15th or later to accept or reject the offer.
Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes
Dr. Jim Hench (physical oceanography)
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Dr. Tom Schultz (marine conservation genetics)
Sensory Physiology, Ecology, and Behavior:
Dr. Richard Forward (invertebrate physiological ecology)
Dr. Matthew Godfrey (sea turtle biology & conservation)
Dr. Zackary Johnson (marine microbe abundance & diversity)
Dr. Douglas Nowacek (marine mammal behavioral ecology and bioacoustics)
Dr. Andy Read (ecology and conservation of marine mammals)
Dr. Brian Silliman (marine ecology)
Please see the REU Projects page for detailed examples of available research projects and advisers.
For additional information:
Dr. Richard Forward
Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, elrom@NSF.gov or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.