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Summer Intern Program

  • Summer Intern Class of 2013
    Summer Intern Class of 2013
    REU 2013: REU students at VIMS. From L: Martin Wong, Hannah Ehrmann, Peter Sweetser, Brittany Peachey, Chris Lynum, Nina Jackson, Nicol Parker, Mary Chang, Marc Hammond, Lauren Kelly, John DeRosa, Caitlin Seppi, Alma Ramirez Velez. Photo by David Malmquist
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2012
    Summer Intern Class of 2012
    rom L: Alex Kellum, Pearce Cooper, Joey Matt, Caitlin Fikes, Lydia Bienlien, Jessica Braunstein, Laura Tait, Margaret Walker, Sean Lusk, Madeline Karp, Sabrina Ramirez, Natalie Ross.
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2011
    Summer Intern Class of 2011
    From L: Dylan O'Connell, Seth Theuerkauf, Daniel O'Hara, Drew Howard, Julianne Decker, Nicholas Hernandez, Akela Kuwahara, Alexandra Badia,Jessica Sahu Teli, and Emily Wei. Missing from the picture are Heather Richardson and Sara Wilson.
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2010
    Summer Intern Class of 2010
    Front row: Angelina Haines, Courtney Wickel, Leslie Bland, Zoe Almeida, Elizabeth Gomez, David Fryxell, co-director Rochelle Seitz, and Director Linda Schaffner. Back Row: Nyanza Rothman, Molly Martin, William Bennett, and Robert Isdell.
    Photo by Susan Stein.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2009
    Summer Intern Class of 2009
    Against the window, back to front: Lance Dixon (Temple Univ.), Austin Allen (W&M), Genevieve Ho (Univ. of Michigan), Courtney Wickel (W&M), Hadley McIntosh (College of St. Benedict), and Stacy Aguilera (Stanford Univ.). Middle row, back to front: Alex Brett (College of the Atlantic), Sammy Allen (Presbyterian College), Monica Poteat (Elon Univ.), Sara Walkup (UC Berkeley), Program Director Linda Schaffner, and Caitlin Adams (Swarthmore College).
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2008
    Summer Intern Class of 2008
    From L: Elizabeth Hamman, Juan Alvarez-Rosario, Sarah Donelan, Natasha Gownaris, Ben Lawson, Julia Moriarty, Jonathan Lefcheck, Samone Brockett, Leandra Darden, Bhae-Jin Peemoeller, Ryan Scott, Jenna Luek, and Caitlin Bovery.
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2007
    Summer Intern Class of 2007
    Front Row (L to R): VIMS REU Coordinator Linda Schaffner, Margaret Simon (Haverford College), Dominique Franson (Univ of Maryland), Queen Akwari (Claflin Univ), Diana Chin (Boston Univ), and Payal Dharia (VIMS graduate student). Back Row (L to R): Laura Mulvey (Case Western Reserve Univ), Hilary Griffin (Elmira College), Cora Johnston (Hampshire College), and Stephanie Henderson (Ottawa Univ). Not pictured: Carolyn Ewers.
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2006
    Summer Intern Class of 2006
    Front row: Barbara Salgado. 2nd row (from L): Talia Fletcher, Paul Littreal (a Mellon Intern), Cara Babineaux, Andria Salas, Katherine Kokotky, and Adrienne Wiggin. 3rd row (from L): Carolina Funkey, Emilee Mroz, Miranda Westphal, David James, Philip Matich, Sara Tappan, and Dan Naly.
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2005
    Summer Intern Class of 2005
    From L: Heather Nees (Muskingum College), Curtis Freund (St. Cloud State University), Melanie Schultz Peters (University of Miami), Laura Twichell (Swarthmore College), Andrew Kowalczk (Texas A&M University at Galveston), and Cielomar Rodriguez (University of Puerto Rico).
    Photo by David Malmquist.
  • Summer Intern Class of 2004
    Summer Intern Class of 2004
    Front row, L-R: Program Director Dr. Linda Schaffner, Elda Varela-Acevado (Loyola Marymount), Alexa Ramirez (Duke Univ,), Breanna Korsman (The College of William & Mary), Shirley Morales (Univ. of Puerto Rico-Humacao), Elizabeth Tennant (W&M), and Ed Gorecki (Texas A&M at Corpus Christi). Back row, L-R: Program Co-Director Dr. Rochelle Seitz, Inia Soto (Univ. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez), Tanieka Motley (Chatham College), Nicole Rohr (Southwest Missouri St. Univ.), Kevin Thompson and Tim Montgomery (W&M), Francisco Soto (Univ. of PR-Humacao), and Corey Bacchus (Morgan State Univ.).
    Photo by David Malmquist.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Each year the Summer Intern Program - Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) places 12 to 15 undergraduates with faculty mentors for a summer research experience. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management.

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, VIMS, The College of William and Mary (W&M), private donors, and grants to individual faculty. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, elrom@NSF.gov or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information (see "How To Apply" link to the left for the VIMS REU application).

All students, including those traditionally under-represented in the marine sciences, are encouraged to apply. In general, rising juniors and seniors are preferred for the traditional REU because of their better course preparation, but we will also consider rising sophomores who have enough science and math background (e.g. AP or other advanced courses in high school) to benefit from an earlier research experience. Some advanced placement courses will show up on your college transcript.  If they do not, please be sure to mention what you've taken in the "other comments" section of the application.  

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of marine scientists. We want people from all cultures and all backgrounds to feel welcome at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  However, due to funding constraints, we are generally unable to consider applications of foreign students unless they are permanent residents or already in possession of a F1 Student visa to attend a college or university in the U.S. 

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 65 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 120.

VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean. The School of Marine Science is a part of the College of William and Mary, one of the most highly rated public universities emphasizing undergraduate education in the United States.

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