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Research Experiences for Undergraduates


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 early June 7-August 13, 2021.


We will start accepting applications for Summer of 2021 on September 1, 2020. Our REU has been recommended for funding for the Summers 2021, 2022 and 2023; however, running the program is contingent upon official award.

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 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 current academic instructor. These letter should be e-mailed directly to the by the individuals writing the letter.
2019 REU Cohort
2018 REU Cohort
2017 REU Cohort

This REU site is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Division of Oceanic Sciences located in Arlington, VA (1658663).  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.

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