Additional Information on Our REU Fellowships
REU Fellows are undergraduates who are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF, pending grant renewal) (See Undergraduate Applications for general requirements)
The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory’s REU program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the Laboratory’s focus area, Comparative Regenerative Biology, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. For 10 weeks, each REU student will conduct independent research under the close guidance of a productive research scientist. Students will have access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and core facilities, support staff, and our inspirational coastal setting where research in the developmental and regenerative biology of marine organisms has taken place for over a century. Students will join in MDI Biological Laboratory’s active scientific community as they learn about scientific research.
- Open to US citizen undergraduates anywhere in the United States and U.S. Territories who do not have prior undergraduate degrees and are eligible for fellowships.
- Students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
- All REU Fellows will carry out their research onsite at the MDI Biological Laboratory.
- Students must be aiming for careers in research.
- Students enrolled in non-research-intensive colleges, universities, and community colleges are highly encouraged to apply.
- All REU fellows participate in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and ethics training.
- REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends.
- Competitive applicants will have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
During the 10 week REU fellowship, students will participate in an interdisciplinary, quantitative communication course and hone their technical writing, oral, and poster presentation skills. At the end of the fellowship, students present their findings at our annual summer Student Symposium. Fellows apply the communication skills they gained in their communications course to oral and poster presentations. Families and friends are invited to attend.
Other Funding Sources
Other private funding sources are available, with various eligibility requirements and award amounts. Outstanding applicants for summer REU fellowships may be selected for other available funding awards.
REU Fellowship students work on projects in an MDI Biological Laboratory research laboratory, with the mentorship of residential or visiting faculty and their laboratory staff. Mentor Research Project Descriptions
Online applications require the uploading of student-copy transcripts with fall semester grades, a resume/CV, and answers to several essay questions. Two faculty references are required, which are requested through the online application form. The online application system now allows starting, “saving for later,” logging out, and logging back in to continue editing and augmenting information.
Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in late March/early April.
2020 Session Dates
Dates are subject to change.
Arrival: Sunday, May 31
Student Symposium: Friday, August 7, at MDI Biological Laboratory (Family Event)
Departure: Saturday August 8
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Take a look at our REU Frequently Asked Questions