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.

The 2017 REU Internship is now closed. Congrats to our eight new Interns!

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.

2016 REU Poster Presentation Winners

2016 REU Scientific Poster Winner Claire Schmidt, worked in the Osborne lab

2016 REU Scientific Poster Winner Hannah Palmatary, worked in the Liao lab


Two students tied for the winning poster presentation in our 2016 REU Symposium. Claire Schmidt, a Biology and Environmental Studies student from Knox College, IL, trained in the Osborne Lab over the summer and presented a poster titled, “Evaluation of Marsh Ponds in a Northern Florida Salt Marsh.” Hannah Palmatary, a Neuroscience student from Washington and Lee University, VA, trained in the Liao Lab over the summer and presented a poster titled, “Waves of Learning: Investigating Associative Learning Behavior in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)”.  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 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

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 2016 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, 2017:

  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 2017 are accepted Oct 15, 2016 through Feb 12, 2017.

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