Research Internships in Ocean Sciences (RIOS)
What is RIOS?
RIOS is an undergraduate research program that will introduce you to an active and collaborative ocean research environment. With support from the National Science Foundation, you will conduct ocean research over a paid, 10-week summer internship offered by the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Continuing undergraduate students pursuing majors in environmental sciences, engineering, geology, biology, physics, or mathematics are encouraged to apply.
- You will interact with scientific leaders in ocean and environmental research
- You will start building a network of contacts for a future science career and advanced graduate study
- You will gain research, proposal writing, and presentation skills
- You will get a $6,000 stipend, free room, and paid travel expenses*
- You will be close to New York City, Philadelphia, and the New Jersey shore
The program will run 10 weeks, from June 1 to August 6, 2021.
Who can apply?
You must be a US citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in an undergraduate program at a two-year or four-year institution. You should have completed at least one year of study, but must still be an undergraduate in Fall 2021. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups, or from institutions with limited research opportunities.
How to apply
To view this year’s projects, please download the 2021 RIOS Project Descriptions
The 2021 RIOS Application can be found here.
The deadline has been extended! Applications and supporting materials are now due by 11:59PM EST on February 15, 2021.
*At this time we intend to hold a residential program, but recognize we are all experiencing the global COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and well-being of our interns, faculty, and staff is our number one priority, so we will continue to monitor the situation and feasibility of an in-person program pursuant to all (institutional, local, state, and federal) rules, guidelines, and best practices.
Questions? Email us at or write to:
RIOS Program, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
This program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA, under Award Number 1949725. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.