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Join us for an online info session to learn more about the MarSci-URE PReP Program.   To register, click the link below.  

Wednesday, January 3rd: 3-4pm

Can’t attend the info session live? Leave your questions and email address here to be sent a recording of the session.

The MarSci-URE PReP Program will run from March 10 - March 17, 2024.

Applications for the Spring 2024 program are now closed. If you are interested in applying to the MarSci URE-PReP Program in the future, please complete the following interest form to be contacted when next application opens. Please note that this is not an application.

Interest Form

Application deadline: January 12, 2024 (Closed)

This program offers a one-week residential research experience for undergraduates and is designed to provide hands-on opportunities in preparation for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. Under the mentorship of Mote scientists, students will gain experience in scientific research and science communication and will build skills through career workshops. The goal of this program is to broaden participation of historically underserved, underrepresented groups in marine STEM including underrepresented minorities. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) However, students of any race, ethnicity or identity are welcome to apply.



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.

Must not have participated in a research internship. 


Student participants will:

Experience the research process under the direction of a Mote scientist.

Present a final poster or presentation.

Learn about opportunities for graduate study, careers in marine science, and communication skills in science by participating in student workshops.


Stipends, travel and housing information

Students participating in the Mote REU Program receive:

A $600 stipend for the week. 

Housing in a local hotel.

Meals and/or food allowances.

Financial support for travel expenses between Mote and their home institution.

The program will provide students with:

Transportation to/from Mote and hotel accommodations.

Necessary program and research supplies.


Application Process

To just preview the application, please click here. Otherwise, if you are ready to apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Applications will be accepted until January 12th, 2024. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Select applicants will be invited to participate in an interview beginning January 22nd with accepted applicants being notified on February 3rd.


Research Programs & Participating Mentors:

Dr. Beth Brady, Manatee Research Program

Dr. Sara Williams, Coral Health and Disease Program

Dr. Vince Lovko, Phytoplankton Ecology Program  

Dr. Jake Lasala, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program

Jasmin Graham, Shark Research 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2315432. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.