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NSF Description
The 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates will not be available this year at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.


From 1997 through the Summer of 2011, Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) offered seven undergraduate fellowships in marine science funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Funding for the REU Program has been continued and will be offered during Summer 2012 (May 14 – August 3, 2012), for seven undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers or graduate studies in Marine Sciences. Students selected for the program will participate in an intensive 12-week research experience in which they will work within a faculty research group and develop their own independent research project.  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.

Students participating in this exciting marine science program will have the opportunity to gain basic field and laboratory research skills, and develop proficiency in data interpretation and presentation. Research areas of DISL faculty include: ecology of early life history of marine and estuarine fishes; plant-animal interactions in seagrass beds; microbial ecology; nutrient biogeochemistry; benthic ecology; trophic interactions and carbon budgets in marine ecosystems; life history and biomechanics of marine invertebrates; paleo-ecology, estuarine science, plankton ecology; and others. See Faculty Research Descriptions for additional information.

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.
  
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. Participants must be required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.  Students who have previously participated in an NSF-funded REU program are not eligible for a second internship.  
  
Stipend
Stipends of $5,400 will be provided for the full-time program. In addition, students will be provided on-campus housing and a food allowance. Students from outside the Mobile, Alabama area may apply for travel assistance of up to $400.00.
  
Applicants are required to provide:
  • A completed application form. Apply on-line
  • A statement of career goals and research interests
  • College transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation.     

Various internships will be available and sponsored by individual DISL faculty members.   For additional intern opportunities and information, contact Sally Brennan, (251 861-2141, ext. 2256).

 

 
 
 
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