Undergraduate & REU Program

What Is REU?

The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (Site Award 0648969), offers an exceptional opportunity for the motivated undergraduate to participate in scientific research. If you are serious about science but have never had the opportunity to perform work as a scientist, then this program is for you.


Group 3In cooperation with a faculty supervisor, students choose a project that  fits both their interests and ongoing investigations of the Lab and that can be completed within the eleven-week training period during the summer.

The 2016 summer REU process is closed and will reopen in September.

Undergraduates who qualify for the REU Program receive a competitive stipend, assistance with travel expenses, and housing. Students must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency to qualify for NSF funding. Students from groups under-represented in the sciences (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders), first generation college students, women and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Whitney REU Flyer 2016

To receive credit for their work at the Whitney Lab, students should make arrangements with their home institutions.

REU research-related activities include:

  • A research project mentored by experienced investigators
  • A weekly seminar by Whitney Lab faculty and post docs
  • Training in scientific communication (written and spoken) and scientific ethics
  • A seminar and interview with a former Whitney REU student
  • The REU Symposium – summer interns describe the results of their summer research in oral and poster presentations. The student with the best poster presentation is awarded an all expense paid trip to a national scientific meeting.

2015 REU Poster Presentation Winners

Winner Kaitlin Creamer, a Biology student at Kenyon College in OH, worked in the Martindale Lab

REU Symposium winner Kaitlin Creamer, a Biology student, worked in the Martindale Lab

REU Symposium winner Rayanna H. Laux, a Cellular and Molecular Biology student at Humboldt State University in CA, worked in the Moroz Lab

REU Symposium winner Rayanna H. Laux, a Cellular and Molecular Biology student, worked in the Moroz Lab

Two students tied for the winning poster presentation in our 2015 REU Symposium. Kaitlin Creamer, a Biology student from Kenyon College, OH, trained in the Martindale Lab over the summer and presented a poster titled, “The Role of BMP signaling in patterning both the primary and secondary axis of Nematostella vectensis.” Rayanna H. Laux, a Cellular and Molecular Biology student from Humboldt State University, CA, trained in the Moroz Lab over the summer and presented a poster titled, “First Signaling Molecules identified in Octopus Memory Center.”.  Both students will receive an all expense paid trip to present their summer research findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) which will be held January 2016 in Portland, OR.

REU activities outside the lab include:

  • Field trips to Florida’s diverse aquatic ecosystems, including local beaches and estuaries, UF’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory and the Gulf of Mexico coast at Cedar Key
  • A visit to several graduate departments on the main UF campus in Gainesville

SUMMER 2015 Photo Gallery

For further details, first check out the FAQs and if you still have questions, email Education Coordinator Brenda Cannaliato

When and how to apply:

Fill out the online application form below and email the following items to Brenda Cannaliato before February 12, 2016:

  1. resume including a list of courses taken and the grades obtained (this does NOT have to be an official transcript)
  2. letters of reference from two people able to evaluate your academic performance and potential

For more information see FAQs.

The following  projects are available to the REU program


If you have difficulty submitting your form online, you may mail or fax your form to:
Brenda Cannaliato
Undergraduate Coordinator
The Whitney Laboratory
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

(904) 461-4014, FAX (904) 461-4016