Please contact Leaf about this position – filled for 2019


The Leaf Lab located at University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab has two research positions available through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates. The expected stipend for the 10 week REU is $4,000.

The primary focus of the research experience will be to develop and carry out, under the mentorship of lab personnel, an independent research project. The focus of the research will be to investigate and describe ecosystem indicators in the Gulf of Mexico and will include field and lab work and statistical analysis of the collected data.

The position will be based at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology.  GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens.

The 10-week program will begin in early June and end in early August. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs and a team of students working on the project. A weekly stipend of $400 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience working with fish or other biota is a plus. A general understanding ecology and marine science is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply:

IN A SINGLE PDF FILE NAMED “FIRST.NAME.LAST.NAME_REU.pdf” example “Robert.Leaf_REU.pdf” send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Dr. Robert Leaf (robert.leaf@usm.edu) and Ms. Meg Oshima (megumi.oshima@usm.edu). Review of applications will continue until suitable candidates are identified.