Summer 2016
Bridge to Research
in Marine Sciences


May 23 –July 15, 2016

$4,000 stipend

On-campus housing during the program

Travel costs covered up to $500

This program provides three weeks of classroom, field, and laboratory work to build technical, scientific, communications and ethics skills with guest and mentor lectures followed by a 2-day research cruise aboard the R/V Savannah or R/V Hatteras. During the final five weeks of the program, students will be actively engaged in research projects at Savannah State University, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Georgia Tech, or Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah.  Students will keep a research log, develop a seminar presentation, and submit a formal written research report. The ‘Bridge Program’ is based on more than 25 years of experience and success in attracting, retaining, and preparing individuals, particularly early in their college career and from groups underrepresented in the marine and geosciences, for success through degree programs, research experiences, inter-institutional collaboration and connection-making. 


Students who have already had research experiences are NOT ELIGIBLE for this program.

This program is designed  for current freshmen and sophomores majoring in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and who are American citizens or permanent residents.


Current juniors and seniors should apply for a more traditional marine science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. For a list of other REU programs visit


Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; Please DO NOT SEND REU Applications to Lisa Rom. Application information is provided below.


Application Deadline March 1, 2016

Application Link now CLOSED

Reference letters and unofficial transcripts should be emailed to


Download a printable PDF copy of our 2016 REU flyer.

For questions about the program or the
Bridge to Research application process contact:


Dr. Tara Cox, Associate Professor

Marine Sciences

Savannah State University

Box 20467, Savannah, Georgia 31404

Phone: 912.358.4097