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GMRI Research Experience for Undergraduates

List Date: 
Jan 1, 2019
Close Date: 
Feb 15, 2019

Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem

One of the foremost challenges of our times is to understand the impacts of climate change on our coupled natural and human systems. This includes documenting and monitoring change, as well as predicting and mitigating future impacts of climate change on ecosystems around the world. Very few places are witnessing the effects of climate change more intensely than the Gulf of Maine, which has been warming faster than 99.9% of the global ocean. As such, GMRI is strategically positioned to conduct cutting-edge research on this issue, and we welcome this opportunity to invite undergraduate students to take part in our work.

The GMRI REU Site will pair student interns with researchers based at GMRI, engaged in a broad range of ecosystem and oceanographic studies. In consultation with their mentor, students will design and conduct a 10-week intensive, independent research project. This may involve field sampling, laboratory experiments, analysis of existing data sets, computational simulations, or some mix of these. At the end of the summer, students will present their findings at an in-house symposium drawing on analysis and communications skills honed throughout the summer.

This internship opportunity includes a stipend ($500/week for 10 weeks), meal allowance and housing at the Maine College of Art (MECA; https://www.meca.edu/student-life/residence-life/) student residences which are located about 0.5 miles from GMRI in the heart of downtown Portland.

Important Dates: Applications will be open from January 1st, 2019 until February 15th, 2019. Applicants will be notified of decisions between March 1st – 15th, 2019. The REU Program will run between June 3rd and August 9th, 2019. Students must be available for the entire 10 weeks to take part in the program.

How to Apply

1. Check Eligibility

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate program at a two- or four-year institution and should have completed at least one year of study in their program. Applications from underrepresented groups in marine research (e.g., minorities, first-generation college students, veterans, or students with disabilities) are especially encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have had little to no research experience, but will have a keen interest in biological, ecological and oceanographic studies as they relate to fisheries management and climate change. Relevant prior coursework includes classes in biology, ecology, environmental science, oceanography, programming and statistics but is not required. Instead, students are expected to display enthusiasm for learning and a strong drive for conducting independent research.

2. Peruse our research programs and mentors

Eligible applicants are encouraged to peruse the research programs of the mentors listed below. Pages for each mentor can be accessed by clicking on that mentor’s name.

List of available mentors:

3. Apply online

Please read eligibility requirements before beginning the application process. Please also peruse available mentors so that selection of top two mentors can be entered on the application form. A complete application to the GMRI REU Program consists of the following materials (all completed or uploaded in the online application):

  • Completed online application form
  • Contact information for two recommenders (e.g., past instructors who can attest to your ability to carry out an independent research project)
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from your academic institution

Once you have reviewed all the information above, CLICK HERE to submit your application to participate in the GMRI REU program for the summer of 2019. The program will begin on June 3, 2019 with completion on August 9, 2019. 

All application materials must be received by February 15th, 2019.

For additional questions, please contact reu@gmri.org.