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2012 Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean REU

Primary Institution: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
City: West Boothbay Harbor
State: ME
Job Duration: June 4 - August 10, 2012
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Geology/Ocean science
Description: Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory's summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies.  REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and attend and participate in seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.

Each student in the program is paired with a Bigelow scientist based on mutual research interests. During the ten weeks, students work with their mentors to identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare an abstract and poster.  At the end of the program, students present their poster and give a talk at a student symposium.

Research areas vary year to year, but include the marine microbial food web, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change and fisheries oceanography.

Successful applicants receive a stipend, housing, food allowance, and funds for travel to and from Bigelow Laboratory.
Stipend: $4250
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/15/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Rebecca Fowler
180 McKown Point Rd
PO Box 475
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Phone: 207 633 9600
Fax: 207 633 9641
Secondary Contact: Dr. David Fields
180 McKown Point Rd
PO Box 475
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Phone: 207 633 9600
Fax: 207 633 9641
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