2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates: Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory's summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in science, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies.

REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and attend seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.  Each student in the program is paired with a Bigelow scientist based on mutual research interests, during the ten weeks, students work with their mentors to identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare an abstract and poster.  At the end of the program, students present their poster and give a talk at a student symposium.

Research areas vary year to year, but include the marine microbial food web, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change and fisheries oceanography.

The 2012 REU will be held June 4 - August 10; accepted students will receive a stipend, housing, food allowance, and funds for travel to and from Bigelow Laboratory.  The application deadline is March 1, 2012, full program information and the online application are available at www.bigelow.org/education/reu