(November 10, 2016) --

The application process for the 2017 Dauphin Island Sea Lab National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is open.

Students chosen to participate in the 10-week REU program perform independent research projects with the guidance of a Dauphin Island Sea Lab mentor. Projects presented by the 2016 participants covered a wide range of topics including fish distribution, manatee migration, and coastal plankton communities.

The REU program provides undergraduates with invaluable experience as they acquire lab research skills, knowledge of basic field work, and the tools needed to present and interpret data among many other rewarding experiences.

"It's really good to build that social network and to become established in the scientific field where you can contact these people in the future and maybe even return to Dauphin Island later on," Brittany Zepernick, a 2016 REU participant, said of the program.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has hosted more than 100 REU student interns since 1997.

"We look forward to another year of excellent applications from a diverse group of students from around the country to participate in DISL's summer REU program," Dr. Ruth Carmichael said. "It is always inspiring to work with these young, dedicated future scientists."

Applications for the 2017 REU program 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 on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's REU program, please contact Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael at rcarmichael@disl.org.