Program Logistics

Application Deadlines

February 15, 2018: REU Application Deadline

March 1, 2018: RMBL Financial Aid and Scholarship Deadline

June 1, 2018: Final Application Deadline

All applications require the submission of two Recommendations via our online Recommendation Form. It is the responsibility of applicants to give this link to their recommenders and make sure that they have plenty of time before the deadline to complete the form.

The cost of this program is $6,700 for research assistance, room, and board. Some students will pay the $6,700 fee, some will receive full or partial scholarships from RMBL or their home institution, and ten students will be funded by a National Science Foundation REU grant. An REU award, pending 2018 funding, pays $400 toward travel costs, pays a $5,000 stipend, and covers expenses at RMBL including station fees, room, and board.  Students requiring assistance applying for funding from their home institution should contact the Science Director at

We will judge the applications and make awards based in part on financial need and on student motivation. We encourage participation by minorities currently underrepresented in biology (defined by the National Science Foundation as Native Americans (including American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders.

At least one year of college biology is recommended for students conducting independent research.  No pre-requisites are required for research interns. Any student 18 or older, who is interested in a career in field biology, is eligible to apply to this program. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive RMBL full and partial scholarships. However, REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. The REU awards are for students who must work in the summer to pay for their education. We have offered this program since 1994, and it has been highly competitive, with more than 200 applicants annually for approximately ten REU positions. This year approximately 10 students will receive REU awards, pending renewed funding. RMBL also has a large selection of full and partial scholarships. All students applying for Financial Aid must complete the Financial Aid Form.

RMBL provides equal opportunities in science and education without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual preference.