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.

Why 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 $7,000 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 3 to August 9, 2024.

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 2024. 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 2024 RIOS Project Descriptions

The 2024 RIOS Application can be found here.

Applications and supporting materials are due by 11:59PM EST on February 15, 2024.

Questions? Email us at or write to:
RIOS Program, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
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.