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Program Requirements and Benefits

Application Requirements

REU applicants are required:

  • to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • to have completed one to three years of college, but not yet received a Bachelor’s degree
  • ideally to have completed some upper-level coursework in fields related to the REU program
  • to have current plans for a career in scientific research (and not in clinical medicine)

Program Benefits

REU interns will:

  • be mentored in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member and other scientists
  • develop important knowledge and skills from other program activities involving science communication, professional development, and field experiences
  • be supplied with housing in the Grice Marine Lab dormitory (see below)
  • receive a stipend of $6000 for the summer, which includes a food allowance
  • receive a travel allowance to help defray the costs of transportation to and from Charleston
  • receive a supply budget to support the research project and other program activities

Each intern must sign a program contract, which outlines expectations of the intern, the mentor, and the program, upon arrival at the Grice Marine Laboratory.


As part of the immersive experience of the Fort Johnson REU program, interns will live together in the dormitory at Grice Marine Lab.  This small facility features 5 double-occupancy bedrooms, bathrooms, a laundry room, and a common room/kitchen where interns prepare their own meals.  Each intern will be assigned a roommate and will be required to live in the dorm for the duration of the program.  Housing fees are covered by the program, and the stipend includes a food allowance. 

Each intern must sign a Housing Contract upon arrival at the Grice Laboratory.