National Science Foundation Funds Whitney Laboratory Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Five More Years
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience of the University of Florida is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation awarded a grant to the laboratory to fund its Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program for five more years. The 10-week summer program, established in 1987, will continue to provide undergraduate students with an inspiring and motivating experience that explores the career of scientific research.
Since its inception, approximately 300 students have taken part in the program. This grant will provide an additional 40 students with the opportunity to be part of the program throughout the next five years. During the summer, students select and carry out a research project in an area of interest with a University of Florida Whitney Laboratory faculty member and experience hands-on research in laboratory and field settings. They also attend professional development workshops, take part in field trips to Florida’s diverse aquatic ecosystems, participate in research symposiums, receive written and spoken training in scientific communication and ethics, and meet with advisors to learn about the graduate school application process.
“This program can play an essential role for young people interested in a scientific research career,” said Mark Q. Martindale, director of Whitney Laboratory. “Students find out first-hand that it is hard work but rewarding, and that research is not always what they expected it to be. But, they all leave Whitney Laboratory with critical thinking skills and a path for lifelong learning and often form friendships that inspire them for years to come.”
Each year, approximately 200 students nationwide apply to take part in this intensive research experience. Elaine Seaver, professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, has led the program since 2014.
The deadline to submit applications for the competitive program is in February each year. Selected students receive a stipend and housing on the Whitney Laboratory campus.