Undergraduate & REU Program

Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU)

The Application form for Summer 2022 will be made available by January 1, 2022. Application due date will be in early-to-mid February. Things to do in the meantime to prepare for applying:

  • Request a letter from two references now. Ask if they'd be willing to write you a letter that will be due in February 2022. It's never too early to ask.
  • Make sure that you have a well-crafted CV/resume ready to go.
  • Start working on a statement explaining career interests and goals (limit 3000 characters). Note: sending these around for opinions and edits will make them better.
  • The other required statement is one explaining which laboratories/projects you find interesting (limit 3000 characters w/spaces). Projects can change a little from year to year, but becoming aware with a few of last year's projects and starting on this statement can be helpful.
  • Add an item to your calendar to check back in January.
  • Thanks for your interest!

2021 Program Dates: June 2nd - August 10, 2021

The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (Site Award 0648969), offers an exceptional opportunity for the motivated undergraduate to participate in scientific research. If you are serious about science but have never had the opportunity to perform work as a scientist, then this program is for you.

In cooperation with a faculty supervisor, students choose a project that fits both their interests and ongoing investigations of the Lab and that can be completed within the ten-week training period during the summer.

The Whitney Laboratory's REU program has been running for more than 30 years (since 1987). Many people have contributed to the success of our program, but it is important to recognize Dr. Barbara Battelle who founded and ran the program for many years.

2018 Summer Interns

Undergraduates who qualify for the REU Program receive a competitive stipend and assistance with travel expenses to the Whitney Lab. Interns stay in on-site housing, whose costs are covered by the program. Students must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency to qualify for NSF funding. Students from groups under-represented in the sciences (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders), first generation college students, women and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

It is possible to receive credit for the work completed during an REU. Students should make arrangements with their home institution.

REU research-related activities

  • A research project mentored by experienced investigators
  • A weekly seminar by Whitney Lab faculty and post docs
  • Training in scientific communication (written and spoken) and scientific ethics
  • A seminar and interview with a former Whitney REU student
  • The REU Symposium – summer interns describe the results of their summer research in oral and poster presentations. The student with the best poster presentation is awarded an all expense paid trip to a national scientific meeting.

REU activities outside the lab

  • Field trips to Florida’s diverse aquatic ecosystems, including local beaches, estuaries, and a freshwater spring
  • A visit to several graduate departments on the main UF campus in Gainesville

Projects available to the REU program


If you have difficulty submitting your form online please contact:

Brenda Cannaliato  - reu@whitney.ufl.edu

Video from 2018 REU student, Grace Jean

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