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About TAMU REU: Observing the Ocean

The Observing the Ocean Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program will be located at Texas A&M University's campus in College Station, TX. The Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) and the Department of Oceanography will host 10 REU students for a 10-week summer program focusing on innovative ocean observing technologies to address issues facing the coastal oceans, such as hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, and pollution. Students will have access to a suite of ocean data acquisition technologies incorporated in TAMU's offshore buoy system, glider technology, remote real-time measurements from moored instrumentation, shipboard field surveys with CTD profiling and water sampling, and will work with faculty mentors to prepare a short research proposal and conduct individual projects. As a group, the students will develop a mission plan and deploy a glider mission in the Gulf of Mexico onboard a research vessel. Training will be provided on sensors, data analysis, graphical representation of oceanographic data, data management, and science writing. Students will participate in weekly REU seminars and will demonstrate their communication skills with a final written report and a seminar presentation at the GERG REU Student Research Symposium. Preparation and presentation of a poster is also an option. The program will also include professional development workshops and the opportunity to interact with other researchers at TAMU.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this research opportunity you must be:

  • a US citizen, US national, or  US permanent resident
  • enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree; preference will be given to students with rising junior or sophomore status
  • most accepted applicants have a minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for this program

Financial Matters

  • REU students will receive a stipend of $500/week for the 10-week program
  • Students are responsible for taxes on this stipend
  • Housing will be provided for REU students at an apartment site adjacent to campus
  • Research expenses are covered by the program.
  • At the end of summer Student Research Symposium, students' final presentations will be judged by the Dean of Geosciences, who is also a member of the Department of Oceanography, and the student winning the "Best Presentation" will be awarded a travel grant to allow the student to present his or her results at a regional or national conference.
  • A travel allowance is provided for travel to and from College Station

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Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. (GEO-OCE 1455851). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.


Evaluation

As part of this program's outcomes, we are required to conduct an evaluation of the usefulness of the REU components and how participation in this program impacts students. All REU students, will be asked to complete one online preliminary survey at the beginning of the summer and one post-summer survey, including an evaluation of program activities. Your voluntary participation in these surveys is requested. We will also encourage participation in a group blog and keeping in touch with LinkedIn.


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