VIMS REU Summer Internship Application

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Are you a US citizen or Permanent Resident?
NOTE: If neither of these apply, you are not eligible to apply. Please see REU FAQ page for specific requirements.
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Students who will have received their degree prior to August of the program year are not eligible.

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Research Interest Checklist:
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Here we have listed some of the major research areas available for summer interns at VIMS. This is not an all-inclusive list, but is designed to give you an idea of the opportunities available in our program. Selection of one or more topic or disciplinary areas will help us to match you with a mentor. If you have very specific interests or a specific mentor in mind, please be sure to mention them in your essay, below.

Human Effects - if you are broadly interested in the topic of human effects on our estuaries and oceans, please check this box along with at least one other disciplinary focus area

Oyster Aquaculture - cultivation of native and non-native species; effects of environmental factors and food quality on growth and reproduction of species in culture

Biological Oceanography - ecology of microbes, phytoplankton and zooplankton; effects of environmental factors and species interactions on plankton growth rates; temporal and spatial variations in zooplankton communities; predator-prey interactions; effects nutrient and carbon cycling in marine and estuarine environments

Chemical Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Marine Chemistry - cycling of carbon, nutrients, metals and contaminants in estuaries and oceans; effects of microbial processes on carbon, nutrients and oxygen; sources and characteristics of organic carbon in ocean and estuarine sediments; biogeochemical processes governing the transport and fate of contaminants

Climate Change - if you are broadly interested in the topic of climate change, please check this box along with at least one other disciplinary focus area

Conservation or Restoration Ecology - utility of marine sanctuaries for estuarine or coastal species; habitat restoration (e.g. seagrasses, soft sediments, wetlands or riparian zone); development of methods for effective management and conservation of estuarine habitats

Estuarine, Coastal, Marine and Benthic Ecology - ecology of estuarine, coastal or marine habitats, especially marshes, soft sediments, oyster reefs or seagrass meadows and ecosystems; determinants of biodiversity; importance of species interactions; effects of stressors such as pollution, low oxygen, nutrients or physical disturbance on structure and function of communities and ecosystems

Fisheries - fish ecology; recruitment and population dynamics; application of techniques in molecular biology to help resolve problems in fishery science; biology and ecology of billfish, tunas, sharks, turtles and more; please note that none of the faculty at VIMS work on whales and dolphins

Geology/Geological Oceanography - geology of estuaries and the coastal ocean; effects of hydrodynamics on geomorphology and particle transport in estuaries; shoreline processes; processes controlling sediment dispersal in estuarine and coastal systems

Hydrology - effects of estuarine and coastal landscapes on groundwater processes

Immunology and Disease Processes/Pathology - effects of environmental factors on disease processes and disease prevalence in marine organisms; effects of nutrition and energy reserves on host/parasite interactions in shellfish and fish; immunological responses to disease

Mathematical Modeling - if you have a solid to strong math background and are interested in learning how to model estuarine or ocean ecological processes or physical systems please check this box along with at least one other disciplinary focus area

Physical Oceanography - modeling physical processes such as estuarine circulation, waves, water residence time and sediment transport in estuaries and lagoons; interactions of physical and biological processes

Policy and Resource Management - integrated coastal zone management; integrating science, policy, economics and the public in resource management

Other - If you've navigated the VIMS web pages and found another research area that interests you, please check this box and tell us what it is in 20 words or less:

After reviewing the faculty mentors on the program website and seeing what research topics are possible, in a brief statement (250 words or less), please describe your science interests, your career goals and why you are interested in the REU - Summer Intern Program experience at VIMS, specifically. Students are matched with research advisors through the application process therefore the student statement of interest is an extremely important part of the application. It is important for students to select mentors or research areas that interest you and for which you are well qualified (typically based on prior coursework). It would be helpful in the evaluation process if you state your first and second choice of mentors or research areas on the letter of interest on the application.

Use this box to highlight any specialized training, previous research experience, apprenticeships, skills, and extra-curricular activities you think we should consider. Please simply list them (100 words or less).

Is there anything else you want to add that was not covered in the application? Please feel free to include examples such as: non-academic accomplishments (e.g., community service, volunteering, or sports), semesters abroad, conference participation, or activities that promote diversity.

How did you hear about the VIMS REU program? 
          If other, please provide source:  

Type an "X" in the box if you have previously participated in a NSF-funded REU program.


If so, where?

Type an "X" in the box if you have previously applied for the VIMS REU Summer Intern Program.


If so, indicate the year:

Type an "X" in the box if you have ever applied to study at the College of William & Mary or VIMS before.
First faculty member who will submit a letter of reference:


(Last, First, Middle Initial)

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Second faculty member who will submit a letter of reference:  
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Typing an "X" in the box indicates that all of the information you have supplied above is true.

Updated November 10, 2017