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Mote REU Program


The Mote REU Program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students per year.


  • Conduct mentored research projects under the direction of a Mote scientist.
  • Gain experience in the development of research plans by completing a research proposal.
  • Gain experience in scientific writing by completing a "manuscript-style" final research paper.
  • Gain experience in oral presentation of scientific data by presenting their research results in a laboratory-wide poster presentation.
  • Attend research seminars on ocean science presented by graduate students from several Florida universities.
  • Learn about opportunities for graduate study, careers in marine science, and communication skills in science by participating in student workshops.


The application deadline for the 2014 REU program was February 15th. The program will take place over 10-weeks during the summer, from May 25th to August 2nd. Students MUST be available for the entire duration of the program.

Research mentors

Click here to read about the 2014 REU mentors and their programs.


To be eligible for the Mote REU Program, students must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories
  • Currently enrolled* in a degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.  
  • First-time REU participants. If you have already completed an NSF REU internship, you will not be considered for the program.
  • Available for the full duration of the program, from May 25th to August 2nd.

  *Students may NOT have already graduated at the time of their REU internship.

In addition, applicants should:

  • Possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale).
  • Make efforts to receive academic credit for participation in the REU Program.

Stipends, travel and housing information

Students participating in the Mote REU Program receive:

  • $5,000 stipend over the 10-week period
  • Free housing in a local dormitory
  • Financial support for travel expenses between Mote and their home institution

Application Procedure

The 2014 REU application is now closed.


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Note: All students who are offered a position at this REU Site have until March 15th or later to accept or reject the offer. This REU Site is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, and the cognizant Program Director for all OCE-funded REU sites is Lisa Rom at or 703-292-7709.