We know you'll have questions about the Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Integrative Marine Biology Summer program. You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions below.
Applying to the program
No. You must have completed at least one year of college biology courses to be eligible.
Undergraduate students who have completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible. Students who have completed a two-year degree and will be continuing in a bachelor's degree program ARE eligible.
The most effective letters will come from people best able to judge your ability to succeed in an undergraduate research program. Generally this will mean college professors, ideally those who know you well enough to write a positive and specific recommendation. High school teachers can also be appropriate, especially for first-year college students. Sometimes, another person in a position of responsibility (e.g., employer, academic advisor) may be able to attest to your good qualities, although at least one letter should be able to speak to academic potential.
Participating in the program
Yes, you must be present for the full 10 weeks.
Hours will vary depending on your project, but you can expect to dedicate a five full working days each week to your research. Workshops and activities may also take place in the late afternoons or early evenings. Weekends will generally be free time.
Participants will receive a stipend of $550 per week plus a $100 per week food allowance for the 10 weeks of the program.
You won't need a car. The UMass Dartmouth campus is small and walkable. Buses to off-campus research sites and to shopping and recreation areas are free to REU students. However, if you want to bring your car for evening and weekend activities, parking is available. The University also has Zip Cars available for rental.
You will get a list of local and regional restaurants, events, and attractions when you arrive. UMass Dartmouth is in a great location, and city and commercial buses stop on campus, giving you access to the local cities of New Bedford and Fall River as well as Providence, Boston, Cape Cod, and even New York. There are plenty of beaches and parks in the area that you can reach by car. If you live nearby, you also have the option of going home for the weekends.
You will be housed in dormitories on the UMass Dartmouth campus. You will need to bring linens and towels. Laundry facilities are available on campus in your residence hall.
Participants will receive a food allowance in addition to the stipend. Residence halls are equipped with kitchens, so you may prepare your own meals. Some on-campus dining facilities are available.