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About the UNF REU Program



Beginning 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 10-week period from early June-late July.  REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-symposium.  Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science.  Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.



The 2021 program will take place over 10 weeks during the summer, May 24th-July 30th . Students must be available for the entire duration of the program.


Research mentors 

Meet the 2021 UNF REU mentors and learn about their programs



To be eligible for the 2021 UNF REU Program, students must be: 


  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.
  • Available for the full duration of the program (some exceptions possible)


Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!


Stipends, travel and housing information

Students participating in the UNF REU Program receive:

  • $5,000 stipend over the 10-week period
  • Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
  • Support for travel expenses between UNF and their home institution


The online application form must be submitted by March 19, 2021.  Click on the link "APPLY TO THE PROGRAM" in the menu to find the application.


Email your questions to with the subject heading “UNF REU Program”.


Note: All students who are offered a position at any NSF-funded REU Site have until March 15th of that year to accept or reject the offer. This REU Site is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, and the cognizant Program Director for all OCE-funded REU sites is Lisa Rom at or (703) 292-7709.  Since the application deadline for the UNF REU Program fall after March 15th, this rule is not applicable to this program, and is only stated here for informational purposes.  Questions regarding the application and/or selection process for the UNF REU Program should be sent directly to not NSF.