Fort Johnson REU Program in Marine Science

Basic information

  • Organization: College of Charleston
  • Field(s): Biology
  • Deadline: December 30, 2017

The Fort Johnson Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a ten week internship combining independent research with activities to promote career development and science communication skills. Participants will investigate diverse topics on the health of marine organisms at the individual, population, community, and species levels, using a wide variety of laboratory and field techniques. Up to 10 fellowships are awarded each year through the cooperative efforts of the 5 marine institutions at Fort Johnson and supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and the College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics.

Since its start in 1992, the Fort Johnson Summer Undergraduate Research Program has provided experience in scientific research and science communication to over 180 students from 41 states and Puerto Rico. The strength of this program derives from the participation of 5 partner institutions that offer different perspectives on the culture and practice of marine science. These institutions, housed commonly at the marine science campus at Fort Johnson, are:

The theme of our program is: “Marine Organism Health: Resilience and Response to Environmental Change.” Within that broad theme we have recently hosted projects on topics as diverse as species invasions, population genetics, ocean acidification, disease resistance, physiology, disturbance and community structure, environmental toxicology, pollution, and parasitism. Before their arrival, interns are matched to individual faculty mentors and initiate planning for research projects. On site, interns will be engaged in research, workshops, lectures, field trips, and professional training in everything from proposal writing and talk preparation to scientific ethics.

In addition to focusing on the process of research, the program includes a workshop series on science communication.  Weekly meetings lead students to develop skills involved in the creation of elevator speeches, social media contacts, press releases and interviews.  Interns share a residence in the dormitory of the Grice Laboratory.  Activities continue throughout the ten week internship, during which time students remain in residence in the dormitory of the Grice Laboratory.  Products of the summer include a research blog, a formal oral presentation, a written research paper, and several educational outreach tools to communicate the results of the intern’s research to their peers, their home institution and the public.


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Saturday December 30, 2017.

The application deadline for the summer 2017 program is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.   Review of applications will begin immediately thereafter, and applications will be considered only when complete.

Application form. This form should be completed and submitted by the applicant according to the instructions on the form.

Recommendation form. This form should be completed and submitted by the recommender according to the instructions on the form.

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