NSF/REU

2016 REU Participants

Funded by the National Science Foundation Ocean Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the focus of the REU Program is to provide participants with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project while working under the direction of a faculty mentor

Undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in marine science, biology, chemistry, geology and environmental sciences can apply to this REU Program.  The application process for the 2017 DISL REU Program opened on November 7, 2016.

Applications will be due by 11:59p on February 10, 2017. Dates for the 2017 REU program are slated for May 29 through August 4, 2017, pending continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation. 

For more information, please contact DISL Registrar Regina Kollegger. 

Apply for REU Online

How to Apply

Apply for REU Online

Eligibility: Applications are invited from undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in biology, chemistry, geology and environmental sciences. Students cannot have graduated at the time of the fellowship. Students who have participated in an NSF OCE-funded REU program are not eligible for a second internship. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.
 
Minorities are encouraged to apply.  
 
Stipends of $5,000 will be provided for the 10-week full-time program. Students will be provided on-campus housing and food by DISL. Students from outside the Mobile, AL, area may also apply for limited travel assistance (up to $500.00).
 
Application Procedures:  Deadline - Feb 10, 2017

  1. Besides the completed on-line application, you need to submit: 
  2. Official college transcripts of all completed work (must be mailed),
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Incomplete packages will not be considered. Acceptance announcements planned for mid-March 2017.
 
For further information, please contact the University Programs Registrar, Regina Kollegger, (251) 861-2141, ext. 7526.
 
The DISL REU Program is funded by:
 
The National Science Foundation - Division of Ocean Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

2016 REU Participants

 

REU Name / Home College                 

DISLFaculty Mentor
 

Research Project
 
   Jenine Brideau/
Piedmont College

Brian Dzwonkowski 

Impacts of Discharge on Dissolved Oxygen in Mobile Bay 

Angela Garelick/

California State University - Channel Islands

 

Ruth Carmichael

Aerial Thermographic Detection of Manatee Refugia in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico

Bethany Hunt/

Skidmore College

Alison Robertson Bioaccumulation and Depuration of Caribbean Ciguatoxins in the Zebrafish, Danio Rerio

Jessica Jiminez / 

California State University, Monterey Bay

Mark Albins/ Marcus Drymon Spatial Distribution and Abiotic Covariates of Common Fishes in Mobile Bay

Haley Lescinsky /

Williams College

Kelly Dorgan Sediment Response to Diurnal Oxygen Changes 

Charlotte Shade / 

University of Dayton

Bill Walton Understanding Polydora Websteri Infestation in Cassostrea Virginica: Applications for Off-Bottom Oyster Farming

Elizabeth Thompson/ 

Harding University

Ruth Carmichael Use of Shipping Channels and Fairways by the West Indian Manatee in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico

Brittany Zepernick /

Bowling Green State University

Jeffrey Krause The Influence of Juncus-rhizosphere Dissolved Organic Matter on Coastal Plankton Communities

How it Works

The focus of the REU Program is to provide participants with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project while working under the direction of a faculty mentor. This program not only provides participants with specific knowledge of marine science, but will also develop the student's background and confidence to make career and educational choices in the future.
 
While carrying out their research, REU students will be given the opportunity to acquire basic research skills, learn analytical techniques, develop data interpretation, and presentation proficiency.  REU participants will benefit from a series of workshops on professional skills, and attend lectures by outstanding visiting speakers. Participants may earn up to 8 academic credits for the experience with prior approval from their home campus.
 
Potential research areas include the ecology and early life history of marine and estuarine fishes, plant-animal interactions in seagrass beds, marine microbial ecology, estuarine nutrient biogeochemistry, benthic ecology, trophic interactions and carbon budgets in marine ecosystems, life history and biomechanics of marine invertebrates, and phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology.
 
Dates for the 2017 REU program are slated for May 29 through August 4, 2017, pending continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation. The selected students will be provided stipends of $5,000 for the full-time 10-week program. In addition, students will be provided on-campus housing and a good allowance. Students from outside the Mobile, Alabama area can apply for limited travel assistance (up to $500.00).