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Research Experiences for Undergraduates

About the Program

Our REU program offers a unique collaboration between the renowned Mystic Aquarium and a leading institute of higher education, the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, located on Long Island Sound. In fact, we are the only aquarium in the U.S. to have an REU! With us, you will gain access to both Aquarium and University resources and expertise. In addition to the focus on cutting-edge marine research, we also give our students extensive training in professional development, teamwork and a true view into the world of research. We ensure our students are given all the keys to be successful. All research projects will be carried out at UConn, while professional development activities, seminars and job shadows will take place at Mystic Aquarium. All students will be given access to Mystic Aquarium throughout the 10 week period from June 7-August 13, 2021.


We will start accepting applications for Summer of 2021 on September 1, 2020.

Complete applications (including letters of recommendation) will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Please read the application instructions carefully.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

A complete application to the Mystic Aquarium REU Program includes the following:

  • The online application form.
  • An up-to-date unofficial college or university transcript.
  • A 2-page double spaced 500 word maximum essay describing personal and professional goals and why you are interested in the Mystic Aquarium REU site.
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one coming from a former or current academic instructor. These letter should be emailed directly to by the individuals writing the letter.




Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Division of Ocean Sciences in the Directorate for Geosciences located in Arlington, VA (DBI-1931117). The NSF contact for these programs are Sally O’Connor and Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

Questions? Please email us