Field Experiences in South Texas
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

About the Program

REUfest is a summer research program for undergraduates at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Student projects take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, including shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and marshes.

Eight fellowships will be available for the summer of 2014, for undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects on the causes, effects and consequences of coastal environmental change. Each student will work with a faculty mentor on topics such as:

  • Biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling
  • Watershed processes, land-sea interactions
  • Estuarine ecology, Community ecology
  • Seagrass and marsh ecosystems
  • Zooplankton and phytoplankton ecology
  • Fish ecology, behavior and connectivity
  • Coastal and organic geochemistry

Information on possible projects and faculty research interests can be found here.

REU @ the Marine Science Institute

The Marine Science Institute is located in Port Aransas, on 72 acres on the Gulf of Mexico.  REU projects will take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, including shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and marshes.  UTMSI is the lead state agency for the 185,000-acre Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, the only reserve in the Western Gulf of Mexico biogeographic region.

The 10-week summer program begins with a research cruise on the R/V Katy and ends with a symposium in which students will present their research results.  Along the way, students will create web pages and blogs about their research, and participate in a variety of professional development activities.

  • Eligibility: Students must be enrolled as undergraduates, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.
  • Stipends: Students will receive a summer stipend of $5000 for the 10-week program, full room and board, a research allowance, and a travel allowance.
  • APPLY!
  • Deadline for applications is March 7, 2014.

Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Deana Erdner and Dr. Benjamin Walther at UTMSI.REU@gmail.com.

Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science’s 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.

 

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