NSF/REU

2017 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. 

For more information, please contact DISL Registrar Regina Kollegger. 

How to Apply

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:  2018 Date TBA

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

Incomplete packages will not be considered. 
 
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.

2017 REU Participants

  REU Name/College DISL Faculty Mentor Research Project
Rachel Pugh/ Miss. Gulf Coast Community College Kelly Dorgan
Bill Walton
Polydora websteri Blisters in Crassotrea virginica: Strength, Area, Color
Jenny Rhee/ University of La., Lafayette Brian Dzwonkowski
Jeff Krause
Nutrient flux and physical stability drive phytoplankton biomass variability along the Alabama shelf
Marnie Tabor/ Athens State University, AL Jeff Krause
Just Cebrian
The Contribution of Epiphytic and Sediment Diatoms to Benthic Productivity
Hanae Togami/ Haverford College, PA Ruth Carmichael Chilean mussels reconstruct environmental conditions during two coral die-off events
Harrison Watson/ Jackson State University, MS Bill Walton Observing Polydora websteri Infestation in Crassostrea virginica: Methods in Oyster Farm Planning

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.