Research Opportunities


BUMP strongly encourages hands-on research at the undergraduate level and offers each student the opportunity to spend time in a marine field enviroment. Several BUMP courses involve a field or laboratory project involving hands-on collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Often students take what they have observed and learned from a course to the next level by developing an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member in his or her lab. Juniors and Seniors can receive credit for their research via Undergraduate Research (CAS MR 491/492).

Advanced Seniors can also participate in “Honors in the Major“, which is an opportunity to develop a special competence in research with a two-semester independent program of study culminating in a thesis and an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Successful completion of a departmental honors program signifies outstanding achievement in undergraduate scholarship. Graduation with honors in the major is a factor in election to Phi Beta Kappa and is noted on the student’s transcript and diploma. The 1st Annual Honors Thesis Symposium was held on May 3, 2013. The 2nd Annual Honors Thesis Symposium was held on May 1, 2014.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Search for an REU site. Current and recent students who have participated in REU can be found here.

Additionally, funding for undergraduate research is available through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Recent BUMP students involved in UROP can be found here.