National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences REU

Throughout the semester, REU students will give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to BIOS faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, as well as workshops and seminars given by BIOS faculty. In 2017, REU students will arrive at BIOS on August 27 and depart on November 18.

Eligibility and Terms of Internship

Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and who will still be undergraduates in the fall of 2017 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants may be ineligible if they have participated in a previous NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences (other disciplines are eligible to apply). BIOS encourages all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions. Students will reside on the BIOS campus. Travel expenses, accommodations, meals, and a competitive stipend will be covered by the REU program; medical/travel insurance is the responsibility of the student.

Application Procedure

Before you begin your application, please review the information on this page carefully. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Application deadline is May 31, 2017.

Before applying to the REU program, please review the list of potential REU projects and mentors for 2017.
Application Instructions: Below, you will find a list of instructions to aid in your application process. Note that if you exit the application before completing all the questions, your application will not be saved. Therefore, it is highly advised that you review the requirements beforehand.
The first page of the application provides important notes on eligibility, supporting documents required and general information.
Following this, the application requires general information and your top three mentor/project choices. You then will be asked to complete 6 questions, requiring paragraph answers, relating to your research interests and education background. To aid you in preparing these answers, we have created a pdf with the questions that will be on the application form. Please review these questions and, if needed, prepare your answers before beginning the online application form. Remember, you will not be able to save your application while in progress. The list of questions can be found here. Following the 6 questions, you will be asked to give the names and email addresses of your referees and so, you should have this information ready to provide when asked.
BIOS requires two (2) letters of recommendation as part of your application. Please request that two letters of recommendation are sent by your referees directly to Letters must be received before the May 31, 2017 application deadline or your application will not be reviewed. Note that BIOS will contact you before the application deadline if we have received an application but no letters.
On the last page of the application, you will be asked to upload an up-to-date CV/résumé and a copy of your transcripts. Photocopies of certifiable, original transcripts are acceptable, as are web downloads. Please note: a) The filenames must include your first and last name, as well as the title of the document. Do not use spaces in these file names; use underscores if a space is required. b) Please have these documents ready to upload; failure to upload will result in an incomplete application.
The 2017 REU Application Form is currently being updated and will be available by mid-February. Please visit


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