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 2016 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 2016, REU students will arrive at BIOS on August 28th and depart on November 19th.
Eligibility and Terms of Internship
Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and who will still be undergraduates in the fall of 2016 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. Travel expenses, room, board, and a competitive stipend will be covered by the REU program; travel insurance is the responsibility of the student.
BIOS is currently updating the application procedure for 2016; all updates will be completed by March 1st. We encourage you to send us an email should you have any questions.
- The list of potential 2016 REU projects and mentors will be posted by March 1st 2016. Before applying to the REU program, please review this 2016 list. You will be asked to select three mentors and research projects that you would be interested in working with during your time at BIOS. You may wish to review a list of previous REU projects conducted at BIOS.
- Application Instructions: please check back on March 1st 2016 for our new application procedure.
- Applications must be submitted no later than May 31st, 2016. Applications received after this date may be evaluated if space is available. Applicants are usually notified by the end of June. In special circumstances, early consideration may be possible.
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:
- "My internship at BIOS and the excellent mentorship I received from Dr. Andrea Bodnar and Dr. Helena Reinardy allowed me to grow immensely as a research scientist. I built skills in experimental design and data analysis, learned new laboratory techniques, and experienced the challenges of problem solving that so often accompany nascent research projects. My experience at BIOS solidified my decision to attend graduate school and provided a strong foundation in regenerative biology. I wholeheartedly recommend the NSF REU program at BIOS." Chloe Emerson, REU 2015
- "This experience has allowed me to gain a better understanding about what it means to do research as well as giving me the opportunity to explore living in a new country. I would definitely recommend this to anyone." Hannah Saraceno, REU 2015
- "BIOS is, in its founding, a research institute, and Bermuda is a prime location for studying the ocean. Any university can teach and give you the tools of research, but only an institute of this caliber can give you the chance to conduct novel research, under the guidance of an expert scientist. I have high regard for the staff: they are the heart of BIOS, and I count myself lucky for having the opportunity to connect with such an excellent group." April Oliver, REU 2014
- "I was impressed by the ability to meet and talk with the staff and mentors outside of the lab environment. My time at BIOS has not changed my thoughts on working to become a researcher in the future, but it has solidified my choice to become a scientist. I would definitely recommend the NSF REU program at BIOS to anyone interested in the marine sciences. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet other scientists, and have fun while doing it.” Gabriel Schuler, REU 2014
Visit our REU Facebook page to meet and mingle with former and prospective REU interns, find out about previous projects, see photos of REU interns conducting their research, read testimonials, meet the advisers, and more!
Read more about the REU program from the student blogs.
The 2015 REU program at BIOS is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences under Grant No. 1460686. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.