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University of Texas Marine Science Institute Research Experiences for Undergraduates

REU 12-14-09This program is offered at UTMSI every summer for undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects on the causes, effects and consequences of coastal environmental change.  For information on the program, including application deadlines and instructions, please visit the REU Program Website.



REUisME is a summer research program for undergraduates from across the nation and takes place 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. 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 includes field trips, professional development workshops, 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 interact with the scientific community here at the Institute. For further questions about the program, please visit the REU Program Website.



Madison Becker, Sylvia Garza and Christopher Wood
Biodiversity and Taxonomic Richness of Macroalgae among Cenotes of the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula



Brittany Jensen and Kathryn Mendenhall
Coral competition in the Great Barrier Reef: The competitive nature
of coral families, morphologies and sizes in reef flat areas
around Lizard Island, Australia

Emily Lantz
Biological and Hydrological Characteristics of Coastal Cenote Habitats
Surrounding Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico




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student at workDepartment of Marine Science

The Department of Marine Science is the academic counterpart of the Marine Science Institute. 

It offers a formal teaching program at the Institute in the summer, providing courses in marine science at the graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses levels.

If you are a Junior, Senior, or New Graduate Student in Engineering and the Sciences, including Social Sciences, the Graduate School invites you to attend their NSF Workshop. For more information click here.


The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Marine Science. 

Students are expected to have completed the baccalaureate degree in one of the natural sciences. Graduate students normally spend an academic year on the Austin campus. Thereafter, they take specialized marine courses and conduct thesis and dissertation research at the Marine Science Institute. 

The College of Natural Sciences offers a B.S. degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology, which includes many courses offered by the Department of Marine Science.

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Students and research staff should conduct themselves under thepdfethical guidelines developed by our research staff.

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center – Austin 

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) - The Behavior Concerns Advice Line provides a central resource to anyone who is concerned about an individual and may not be sure about how best to help them. This service is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). An individual can either call the line at 512-232-5050 or report their concerns using the online submission form.

The University Ombudsman - Provides services to the university’s student body by assisting students who have “university-related complaints of a non-legal nature.” Graduate students at UT-Austin have the right to seek redress of any grievance related to academic or nonacademic matters.