Undergraduate Research Opportunities

2023 SURG Application is now closed. Please check back in January 2024.

Shoals Undergraduate Research Group (SURG)

Shoals Marine Laboratory's SURG Program is specifically designed for undergraduate college students over the summer break. Undergraduate researchers work directly with faculty mentors and SML scientists to conduct research experiments and projects, combining new areas of discovery with ongoing, long-term monitoring. SURG provides invaluable experience and helps students develop skills that will increase their marketability when it's time to apply to graduate school or pursue your career aspirations.

SML provides room & board, stipend, and roundtrip boat transportation to and from Appledore Island for all SURG members, unless otherwise specified. Programs vary from 3-10 weeks in length, and cover a wide variety of disciplines – from biological research, to science education, to sustainable engineering. SML's SURG program evolves each year (some offerings are contingent upon funding or the availability of specific mentors). Please use the buttons below to learn more about each research opportunity offered this summer.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023 season.

  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Please see individual internship pages for specific application instructions.
  • Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.
  • Applicants should request two letters of recommendation.
  • Undergraduates in all majors may apply. Must have at least 1 semester of college remaining.
  • Prior relevant field/lab experience preferred but not required.

Email us at shoals.lab@unh.edu

Shoals Undergraduate Research Group Manual

All SML undergraduate researchers must read and familiarize themselves with the SURG Manual:


Research Apprenticeship

Interested in our research programs, but feel as though you need some more experience? The Shoals Research Apprenticeship is a two-part, four-week program aimed at providing you with the opportunity to learn the ins & outs of independent biological field research. This program prepares you to be a competitive applicant for SURG and other research opportunities, like NSF REU programs, which often seek students who have previous research experience. Build your resume/CV this summer! Make this the summer you become a scientist!