Summer 2019 Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences

May 20 - July 12, 2019

$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 Sciences located in Arlington, VA. (award number: OCE-1460457) The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.


Click HERE to apply to the 2019 Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences 

Reference letters and unofficial transcripts should be emailed to:

Download a printable PDF copy of our 2019 REU flyer.


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