About

REUisME is a summer research program for undergraduates from across the nation and takes place 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.

Fellowships are available each summer 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 faculty research interests can be found on the Possible Projects page.

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 includes field trips, professional development workshops, 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 interact with the scientific community here at the Institute.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree during the semester following the REU program.
  • High school graduates, transfer students, and students enrolled at community colleges are eligible to apply.
  • International students and graduating seniors are not eligible for this program.

This program is designed for students who want to gain research experience in marine science.  Students do not need to have prior experience conducting research to participate in the program.

Stipends:

  • Students will receive a summer stipend of $5000 for the 10-week program.
  • On-campus housing will be provided at no cost to the student.  Students also receive a food allowance in addition to the stipend.
  • A travel allowance is provided for travel to and from UTMSI.
  • Research expenses are covered by the program.

2015 Program: The 2015 program dates are from June 1st – August 7th.

APPLY HERE!  Deadline for applications is February 9, 2015.

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

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