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Marine Sciences Summer Program

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program awards ten science, engineering, and mathematics undergraduates summer internships to conduct guided research in marine science.

  • Interns get truly "hands-on" experiences in marine science, giving them real world experiences before they graduate
  • Marine science summer interns conduct research at nearby Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware is the home base of the Marine Sciences Summer Internship program

Who can participate?

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers the opportunity for undergraduate students from around the nation to participate in a summer research program.  Participants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students. Students from community colleges, institutions with limited research opportunities and from underrepresented groups in ocean science as defined by the National Science Foundation (African-, Hispanic- and Native-Americans, and Pacific Islanders), are especially encouraged to apply.  Please note that applicants must be US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents. In addition, they must be enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelor's degree.  Students who will receive their degree prior to August 2018 are not eligible


Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a research-intensive atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, or marine biogeochemistry. Students will develop their project under the guidance of their faculty mentor (see previous Summer Research Projects and assigned advisors) and will present written and oral reports at the end of the summer. Interns will also attend weekly research seminars, professional development presentations and field trips to nearby coastal marine systems. 

Where does the Program take place?

The marine science internship program takes place at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in the beach community of Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. This modern campus is located on the shores of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park. Research and teaching facilities are available in Lewes, which is linked by computer and interactive TV to the main campus in Newark. Accommodations for interns are provided at the Daiber Housing Complex, which is comprised of 28 three-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom, semi-detached ranch houses. All units are fully furnished with dishes, pots and pans, washer, dryer, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. The complex is less than 2 miles from the Hugh R. Sharp Campus and within walking distance of downtown Lewes.

Important Details

- The summer 2018 program will run for 10 weeks (Monday, June 4 - Friday, August 9).

- Student support includes a $6,000 stipend, free housing, and travel assistance for the 10-week program.

The Application deadline was February 9, 2018 - no further applications can be submitted.

Notification of offers for the program will be made by mid-March.

For information, contact:

Dr. Joanna York
University of Delaware
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958-1298

*Funding for the 2018 Marine Sciences Summer Intern Program is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703.292.7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site (UD contact is listed above) directly for application information.

*Funding for the 2018 Marine Sciences Summer Intern Program is under a standard three-year review by the National Science Foundation. We anticipate a funding decision in January 2018.


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