URI Marine Biology Program

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Research Opportunities & Internships

Students are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research during the academic year or during the summer with URI faculty or with scientists at other nearby research laboratories (e.g., NOAA, NMFS, RI-DEM, etc.).

On-Campus Research Opportunities:

Students should discuss their interests with their advisor, read about faculty research interests, and then contact individual faculty members with whom they might be interested in working to find out about the availability of suitable positions. Undergraduate research positions may be paid (via research grants, Federal Work-Study program or URI student employment funds), students may work on a voluntary basis, or students may earn academic credit (e.g., BIO 491, 492; OCG 493, 494, etc.).

In addition, the following three programs provide URI undergraduates with paid research opportunities during the summer:

URI Coastal and Environmental Fellows Program (summer, paid, and 1-credit seminar in the following fall) – the CELS undergraduate research program, which involves >40 students who work in research labs on the Kingston and Bay Campuses each summer. Apply early in the Spring semester.

Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR Summer Fellowships (summer, paid). For qualified students enrolled in Rhode Island colleges or universities who are interested in participating in a 10-week research project in the life sciences. Applications due in April.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography
(SURFO; summer). This program is the National Science Foundation-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program hosted by the Graduate School of Oceanography. Apply early in the Spring semester.

Off-Campus Research Opportunities:
Other Off-Campus Internships (may not necessarily be research, per se):
Other Resources for Finding Internships:
  • URI Office of Internships and Experiential Education
Note: The Department of Biological Sciences does not give credit toward the major for Internships. However, internship credit may count as free elective credit toward graduation. While you may elect to get credit for a summer internship, you will have to pay for the tuition for such credits. Check with Enrollment Services about tuition charges for credits earned during the summer.
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