UNF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Coastal Biology 

Starting in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.  The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 9-week period between early June and early August.  REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Jacksonville Field Lab and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  Prior to this, students complete a 1-week orientation to performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-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.

 

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, elrom@nsf.gov or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.