Posted: November 29, 2022

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science?  Check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Maryland Sea Grant offers upper-level undergraduate students to come to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Undergrads from many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science are selected. The program runs for 12-weeks from May 22 to August 13, 2023.

Research areas:

  • benthic environment
  • biogeochemistry and environmental chemistry
  • climate change
  • coastal and estuarine processes
  • fisheries
  • modeling and analysis
  • molecular biology and genetics
  • physical oceanography

Each REU fellow will receive:

  • orientation week with research cruise
  • individual project with science mentor
  • $7,200 stipend
  • free housing at your research lab
  • round-trip travel expenses

In particular, students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math are encouraged to apply. Bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.

Applications for the 2023 class are being accepted now through February 15, 2023. Maryland Sea Grant held their first in-person REU this past summer and are expected to hold summer 2023 REU in-person as well. The state of the pandemic may impact how the program operates. The university's current COVID-19 response status can be found here: Please visit this website to find out more or email


  • Download program flyer
  • 12-week program: May 22 to August 13, 2023
  • $7,200 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
  • Applications due: February 15, 2023
  • Application and guidance