Mote Marine Laboratory Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Basic information

Mote Marine Laboratory is a host site for the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students per year.

Since 2003, Mote Marine Laboratory has been a host site for the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Mote REU Program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between late May and early August. REU participants are paired with Mote scientists and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor's expertise. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide research symposium. Participants attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

In this program, participants:

  • Conduct mentored research projects under the direction of a Mote scientist
  • Gain experience in the development of research plans by completing a research proposal
  • Gain experience in scientific writing by completing a "manuscript-style" final research paper
  • Gain experience in oral presentation of scientific data by presenting their research results in a laboratory-wide poster presentation
  • Attend research seminars on ocean science presented by graduate students from several Florida universities
  • Learn about opportunities for graduate study, careers in marine science, and communication skills in science by participating in student workshops

Compensation

Student participating in the Mote REU program receive a $5,000 stipend over the 10-week period, free housing in a local dormitory, and financial support for travel expenses between Mote and their home institution.

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To be eligible for the Mote REU Program, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories, currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate degree, first-time REU participants, and available for the full duration of the program (around May 25th to August 2nd). In addition, applicants should possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and make efforts to receive academic credit for participation in the REU program.

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