Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences

June 2 - July 24, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: At this time, we are planning on a full in-person program in Summer 2021. However, if a vaccine is not widely available for COVID-19, we may switch to partially virtual. We had an extremely successful 2-week virtual program in Summer 2020 followed by interns continuing research projects during the Academic Year. We do not anticipate having to do that in Summer 2021, but rest assured, we will provide a meaningful experience for all interns selected for this program.

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 or R/V Hatteras.

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.

$4,800 stipend

On-campus housing during the program

Travel costs covered up to $500

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 located 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.


The 2021 Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences application link is now closed. Accepted applicants will be notified via email after March 1, 2021. For questions please email

2021 REU flyer

Email reference letters and unofficial transcripts to:


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