Shoals Research Apprenticeship

Shoals Research Apprentice in the field

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 NSF REU programs and other research opportunities next summer.

The Shoals Research Apprenticeship combines Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (BIOSM 1500 / MEFB 403, July 16 – July 30, 2018) with Research in Biology (BIOSM 4990 / MEFB 751, July 30 – August 13, 2018). In the first course, you will gain in-depth understanding of research methods and develop your own research proposal. In the second half of the program, you will carry out your independent research project with the help of SML faculty mentors and your group of fellow apprentices.

Build your resume/CV this summer! Make this the summer you become a scientist!


2018 Shoals Research Apprenticeship outline:

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

BIOSM 1500 / MEFB 403
Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory

BIOSM 4990 / MEFB 751
Research in Biology

July 16 – July 30, 2018

July 30 – August 13, 2018

3 or 4 credits

credit (3 or 4) or non-credit option


More about the Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory course:

Join faculty member, Dr. Doug Fudge, in this immersive course that decodes the scientific process. Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory provides a field and lab intensive marine-based introduction to the scientific method and experimental biology. The course is structured around two research projects that explore how marine organisms are adapted to the physical and biotic factors in their environment.

Cornell students, this course is equivalent to BioG 1500 at Cornell University, which fulfills course requirements for Biological Sciences, Biology & Society, Biological Engineering, Physical & Life Sciences, and Physical & Biological Sciences majors.

Photo of SML's 2017 Research Apprentices

2017 Research Apprentices

Meet our first cohort of Research Apprentices with Research in Biology instructor, Andrew Swafford. Thanks to a vibrant community of research fellows and professors on the island, apprentices benefited from ample one-on-one time with mentors who helped them navigate all steps of the scientific method. Check out the apprentices' blogs from 2017 to read honest accounts of the elation and frustration that accompany any scientific study: