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Undergraduate Opportunities

SMAST Undergraduate Research Incentive Program

The Undergraduate Research Incentive Program (URIP) is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research with a faculty member.

The program's objectives are to:

  • stimulate awareness of advanced research
  • generate interest in graduate study

Faculty research activities provide unique opportunities for individualized instruction and exposure to cutting-edge, emerging technologies. URIP is open to outstanding, full-time undergraduate students who are available for an average of 10 hours per week. Students work on campus under the guidance of an SMAST professor on a specific research topic. The program is funded on a matching basis by the faculty sponsor and the college.

Students in this incentive program will:

  • be exposed to research early in their academic careers
  • gain first-hand experience working with research faculty and/or graduate students

Faculty participants will be able to: 

  • engage and recruit top undergraduate students to their research program
  • extend their research funding and productivity

Remuneration is shared (50-50) by the School and faculty advisor of the student (e.g., from a sponsored project, indirect cost account, or a department match). Faculty/departments will be responsible for recruiting qualified students for the program and submitting the URIP Faculty Application with a brief project description to Cindy Costa, SMAST-East 204, ext. 6550.

Student responsibilities

Student responsibilities are to:

  • maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 and satisfactory laboratory performance
  • meet with the faculty mentor during the first week of the semester to define a research plan and schedule, and be put on the payroll
  • fulfill the minimum 10 hours per week research obligation
  • submit a brief summary report along with a 100-word abstract on their research at the end of each term

The responsible faculty member fosters a meaningful research experience and evaluates performance at the end of each semester. To the extent possible, URIP funds will be deployed to maximize the distribution of student/faculty participants.

SMAST Spring & Summer Research Internships for Undergraduates: MAR 499

The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), which includes the Departments of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences (DEOS) and Fisheries Oceanography (DFO), offers a 4-8 week, two-credit spring and summer research internship that is open to undergraduate science and engineering majors from within and outside the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

The goals of the internship are to provide undergraduates with hands-on research experiences in marine science in the lab and/or field and to engage students who may have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree and professional career in oceanography. Please see below for a list of current opportunities.

Specific internship topics may be focused on the following general research areas:

  • Integrated ocean observations, numerical modeling, and analysis
  • Oceanographic remote sensing
  • Coastal engineering and fluid mechanics
  • Coastal ecosystems
  • Marine biogeochemical cycles and climate change
  • Marine plankton ecology
  • Marine sedimentation processes
  • Ocean mixing and stirring
  • Turbulence and fluid dynamics
  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Fisheries biology and aquaculture
  • Marine Autonomous Remote Operated Vehicle (AUV) design and development

Internship Sessions & Summer Courses

Each intern will be matched to and work with a particular faculty member determined by mutual research interests, communication prior to the internship, and development of an internship project/activity. 

  • Students should contact Professor Steve Cadrin ( for the Spring session of MAR 499.
  • Students should contact Professor Cindy Pilskaln ( for the Summer session of MAR 499. 

All summer courses are offered through the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Division. To register, contact the UMass Dartmouth Registrar’s Office/University Enrollment Center.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 am-7 pm
Friday, 8 am-5 pm
508.999.8857 or 508.999.8866  

Pertinent readings and/or background information relative to each internship research area and project will be provided by the individual SMAST faculty hosting/advising the summer intern. Evaluation of the internship performance (pass/fail) will be flexible & based upon an agreed-upon activity schedule and completion of a research activity report by the student at the end of the internship period. Summer living expense support/stipend payment is available through faculty research grant support.

Internship Opportunities

Fisheries Biology and Assessment Lab  

The Fisheries Biology and Assessment Lab has opportunities for interns to participate in research during summer and throughout the academic year. Research areas include all aspects of fisheries science, ranging from life history of fishes to fishery management strategies, and emphasizes collaborative research with fishermen. Current student and staff research projects include stock identification, tagging, bycatch avoidance, monitoring impact of offshore wind farms, environmental effects on fisheries, stock assessment models, and population simulations. To apply for an internship, please send a statement of interest and resume to Steven Cadrin at 

The Fay Fisheries & Ecosystem Management Lab

Undergraduate research technician positions in data science, marine ecology, and science communication are occasionally available in the Fay lab, who work to develop quantitative tools for fisheries and marine ecosystem-based management. Available positions will be listed on CORSAIR Jobs and at the Opportunities page of the Fay lab website.

Fish Behavior and Conservation Engineering Lab

The Fish Behavior and Conservation Engineering Lab has opportunities for interns to participate in research during summer and throughout the academic year. Research areas include camera observation at SMAST pier or in Buzzards Bay, video/data analysis, and participation of trawl surveys and other sea trials if timing permits. To apply for an internship, please send a statement of interest and resume to Pingguo He at 

Marine Fisheries Field Research Group––Stokesbury Lab

The Marine Fisheries Field Research Group in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography is looking for qualified laboratory technicians to assist with image processing of Atlantic sea scallop and groundfish video surveys. Optical surveys are an accurate and precise method for stock assessments and can provide long-term benefits to the fishery. Since 1999 our lab has worked cooperatively with the fishing industry to survey sea scallop and groundfish density distributions, benthic substrates, and the presence of megabenthos along the continental shelf of the northwest Atlantic. We are also working closely with the wind farm industry to assess the environmental impacts of development through optical, ventless lobster trap, and ichthyoplankton surveys. To apply for an internship please send a statement of interest and resume to Kyle Cassidy at

Internship Opportunities with the Coastal Systems Program

The Coastal Systems Program has opportunities for interns to participate as part of the research effort in summer and throughout the academic year (contingent on funding availability). Research areas include water quality monitoring, nutrient cycling, coastal ecosystems, and wetlands ecology.  

Interns participate in a wide range of field and laboratory work, including but not limited to nearshore and offshore sampling, citizen-based environmental monitoring, maintenance of long-term experiments in wetlands, sample preparation, and a wide variety of laboratory analytical procedures. Successful candidates should be capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

To apply for an internship, please send an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter and a resume, including the names of at least three references, to:

Dr. David Schlezinger
706 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744

Cover letters and resumes can also be attached as Word files and emailed to

NUWC Student Programs

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, offers a suite of research and employment opportunities for students. Current or prospective SMAST students should contact Professor Miles Sundermeyer at to learn how NUWC programs dovetail with graduate studies at SMAST. 

Undergraduate/Graduate Programs

  • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
    -18-27 students at NUWC for 10 weeks in summer
    - Application deadline mid-January
    More information 
  • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
    - Student commits to working at NUWC upon completion of degree – receives a scholarship from DoD
  • NUWC Student Services Contract
    - 10-15 students at NUWC during the year - 20 hours per week during the academic year, 40 hours during summers and vacations
    - Program is administered by URI; however, students from any institution can apply
    - POC Sally Marinelli (401) 874-5467
    More information

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