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Research Experience for Undergraduates – 2014
The Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia

The application process for the 2014 summer program is closed. Please check back in November, 2014 for the 2015 summer program.


For our 2014 REU participants:

Click here for a link to the summer calendar.


What is the program about?

Centered in the heart of tidewater Virginia, Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) is accepting applications for a unique internship opportunity for undergraduate students interested in climate change and sea level rise in a coastal urban setting. Students will work one-on-one with experts in oceanography, devising a research plan, conducting research in the field, and presenting their findings. This 10 week program will provide students with an opportunity to develop research skills, work side by side with top scientists, participate in workshops, field trips, and lectures to exchange ideas, and establish relationships lasting throughout their professional career.


Where is the program located?

Students will live on campus in dorms at ODU, located in Norfolk (Hampton Roads), Virginia. Interns will be able to study first hand issues facing this urban community, as ODU is situated at the conjunction of the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers, tidal tributaries connected to the southern Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk has made national headlines as Hampton Roads has the highest rate of relative sea level rise on the Atlantic coast (from Maine to Florida) due to subsidence and it is the largest population center at greatest risk from sea level rise outside of New Orleans. The OEAS department is perfectly situated to provide students with a unique environmentm to conduct their research.


Who can apply?

Undergraduate students (U.S. residents only) between their freshman and senior years may apply (must have completed at least their freshman year); underrepresented groups and students in universities with little access to research facilities are strongly encouraged. The program is designed for students majoring in sciences, particularly in oceanography, marine science and policy, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.


Program Details:

  Dates: May 24 – August 2 (10 weeks)
  Stipend: $5,000, includes room and board, money available for travel
  Application Deadline: March 24, 2014
  Final notification: April 15, 2014


How to apply?

Submit the following via email as attachments to kcfilipp@odu.edu:

  • Completed application, fill out, scan or save and attach
  • 2 letters of reference (1 must be from professor in your major), can be emailed directly from the individuals providing the reference, or mailed in a sealed envelope to the address below
  • Personal statement - Please attach a 1 page personal statement including a description of your interests in the ocean sciences, particularly as they related to climate change in an urban setting, future educational plans and career goals, previous research experiences (if any), research interests for the summer program.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (Unofficial or official)


Contact Information:

Dr. Katherine C. (K.C.) Filippino
Old Dominion University
Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
4600 Elkhorn Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23529
Email: kcfilipp@odu.edu




Download the REU 2014 flyer here.