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Interested in pursuing a graduate study or career in Ocean Science? Our National Science Foundation funded Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program is an ideal start to your journey. This internship will provide you with an essential experience of research in oceanography, marine science, and atmospheric sciences, along with access to a state-of-the-art ocean science research facility with well-equipped lab spaces.

You will carry out an independent research project under the expert supervision of BIOS scientists and undertake training in scientific communication, research methods and ethics, and career development. You will give presentations about your research to your peers and colleagues at BIOS. Our program offers the opportunity to take part in various field excursions to learn about Bermuda’s natural history, and all students will have the opportunity to participate in an oceanographic research cruise aboard our research vessel the R/V Atlantic Explorer.

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Program Highlights

Click here to view the full list of mentors and projects for Fall 2019.

  • $500 weekly stipend and return airfare
  • On-campus housing and all meals
  • Weekly seminars and workshops
  • Gain invaluable research experience and knowledge in field and laboratory techniques from world-renowned BIOS scientists
  • Field and boat excursions to explore the local flora, fauna, and waters of Bermuda

Eligibility Requirements

  • This is a 12-week program offered in the Fall (Aug-Nov)
  • This internship program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and is open only to United States Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents
  • Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and have not graduated at the time of the program are eligible
  • Underrepresented groups and students attending colleges or universities with limited STEM research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-REU in Ocean Sciences
  • Return airfare, campus accommodation, meals and a competitive stipend are covered by the BIOS REU program; medical/travel insurance is the responsibility of the student
  • Students must commit to the entire program (no late arrivals or early departures)
  • Successful candidates are encouraged to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions

Application Information & Supporting Documents

  1. Current resume.
  2. Copies of current university or college transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. Your letters should be from people competent to judge your potential for research, such as college/university professors or research project advisors, who are familiar with your academic and research accomplishments.
  • You will be asked to complete four long-answer questions.
  • You will be asked to list the top three BIOS mentors with whom you would like to work. Please take time to review the faculty research descriptions and the list of Mentors and Potential Research Projects on the BIOS website.
  • Once you begin an application, you can check the status at any time by logging into this website.
  • Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed.