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.

In 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.

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 2017

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.

2017 REU Poster Winner

Stephanie Neal, a Marine Science and Biology student from the University of Miami, trained in the Seaver Lab over the summer and presented a poster titled, “Functional investigation of opsin in Capitella teleta.”   Stephani will receive an all expense paid trip to present her summer research findings at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting held January 3-7, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

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 2017 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:

(The 2018 application process will open on November 12th.)

Fill out the online application form below and email the following items to Brenda Cannaliato before February 12, 2018:

  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

REU applications for summer 2018 are accepted Nov. 12th, 2017 through Feb 12, 2018.

If you have difficulty submitting your form online please contact:
Brenda Cannaliato
Undergraduate Coordinator
The Whitney Laboratory
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

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