Eligibility and Application

Undergraduate Student Participants Must:

Be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Be Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.
Students who are transferring from college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate under certain circumstances.
High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are eligible to participate.
Have completed one year of college level biology.
Be in good standing with their college or University.
Have an enthusiasm for conducting independent research in marine sciences.
Note:  Prior experience in Marine Sciences is not required.

Minorities and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply, as well as students attending community colleges.

REU Application

  • Please rank order your top 3 mentors that you would like to work with by indicating #1, #2, and #3 next to the mentor’s name. A number 1 indicates your first choice. See section on Mentors and Research Projects for a description of the mentor’s research interest and projects.


    Sea Research Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We consider all applicants or employees for all positions without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other legal recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances We are subject to certain governmental recordkeeping and reporting requirements. In order to comply with these laws, we invite applicants/employees to voluntarily self-identify their race or ethnicity and veteran status. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The information obtained will be kept confidential and may only be used in accordance with the provisions of applicable laws. When reported, data will not identify any specific individual.
  • Voluntary Self-Indentification of Disability

    Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to hire and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way. If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a diability earlier. How do I know if I have a disability? You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to: Blindness, Deafness, Cancer, Disabetes, Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, HIV/AIDS, Schizophrenia, Muscular dystrophy, Bipolar disorder, Major depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Missing limbs or partially missing limbs, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation).
  • Letters of Recommendation

    List the two individuals submitting the letter of recommendation. *One must be from a current academic instructor. Your application will not be reviewed until both letters are received. The letter should include an assessment of your academic abilities and accomplishments, work ethic, motivation, ability to work a team oriented environment, potential as a researcher, and your ability to participate in and benefit from a research internship in marine science. References should be emailed directly to [email protected]

A confirmation of your application will be emailed to you