Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences

May 30 - July 21

$4,800 stipend

On-campus housing during the program

Travel costs covered up to $500



All participants will need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated, including a booster, before participating.


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, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah, and UGA MAREX Aquarium and 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.

List of other REU programs

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences in Arlington, VA. (award number: OCE-1950016). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information. 

Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences Flyer


Application Deadline is March 1, 2023


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