If you’d like to re-live your days as a student on the beach, the blog posts from our summer student program entitled REUisME is a great way to live virtually through very talented young scientists.
REUiSME is an acronym for Research Experience in Undergraduates in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems. This program just finished its10th year and is funded by the National Science Foundation. If you’re an interested student, don’t worry because we’re currently funded for another two years. The 10-week summer program typically begins with a kayaking trip to explore the local habitats and ends with a symposium in which students will present their research results.
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. These habitats provide students with the opportunity to understand how complex marine ecosystems work and that knowledge can be applied on a global scale. In fact, student research is not just limited to local ecosystems; several of the student projects this year expanded to global issues affecting our oceans.
This is a very competitive program with a handful of students chosen from over 100 applications. This summer we had students from all over the nation and its territories including from the University of Virgin Islands, Rice University, University of Puerto Rico, Rhodes College, University of Minnesota, Wright State University and Stockton University. The program provides stipends as well as airfare and free housing to our students.