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REUisME: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

REUiSME is a summer research program for undergraduates at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Student projects take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, including shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and marshes.

Eight fellowships will be available for the summer, for undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects on the causes, effects and consequences of coastal environmental change. Each student will work with a faculty mentor on topics such as:

Biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling

Watershed processes, land-sea interactions

Estuarine ecology, Community ecology

Seagrass and marsh ecosystems

Zooplankton and phytoplankton ecology

Fish ecology, behavior and connectivity

Coastal and organic geochemistry

The Marine Science Institute is located in Port Aransas, on 72 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. REU projects will take advantage of the wide variety of coastal habitats near the Institute, including shallow bays, hypersaline lagoons, seagrass beds, estuaries, mangroves, and marshes. UTMSI is the lead state agency for the 185,000-acre Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, the only reserve in the Western Gulf of Mexico biogeographic region.

The 10-week summer program begins with a research cruise on the R/V Katy and ends with a symposium in which students will present their research results. Along the way, students will create web pages and blogs about their research, and participate in a variety of professional development activities.

Eligibility: Students must be undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.

Stipends: Students will receive a summer stipend of $5000 for the 10-week program, full room and board, a research allowance, and a travel allowance.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Texas, Austin (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Molecular Biology

Aquatic Chemistry
Aquatic Ecology
Aquatic Systems
Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Marine Biology
Marine Chemistry
Marine Ecology
Marine Geology
Marine Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 11/20/2018
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