Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences


May 20 - July 12

$5,600 stipend (updated 3/8/24)

On-campus housing during the program

Travel costs covered up to $500


This program provides two 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.

During the final six weeks of the program, students will be actively engaged in research projects at Savannah State University, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and UGA MAREX Shellfish Laboratory. 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.

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Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences. New year pending continuing funding. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information. 

Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences Flyer

Submit Your Application Here

Application Deadline is March 1, 2024


Dr. Tara Cox, Professor
Marine Sciences
Savannah State University
Box 20467, Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: 912.358.4097