Summer Research Internships in Coastal Systems

The “Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST)” program at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) is a 10-week immersive research experience serving 10 undergraduates per year. CREST exposes these students to cutting edge, authentic, coastal environmental research at UMass Boston in an integrative transdisciplinary program across the natural and social sciences. CREST focuses on integrative coastal research crossing disciplinary boundaries that incorporates the natural and social sciences and leverages the existing research and educational programs within the School for the Environment at UMass Boston.

The CREST REU programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • Carry out independent research project in coastal environmental science (e.g. bio-, geo-, biogeo-chemistry, ecology, molecular ecology, geology and earth system sciences, and social, behavioral, economic, and sustainability sciences)
  • Work closely with a faculty advisor and research group
  • Develop laboratory skills
  • Develop a cohort and networking skills
  • Explore issues of science ethics
  • Exchange ideas with students and faculty at weekly seminars
  • Participate in field trips/social events in and around Boston Harbor
  • Present and record a scientific lay person video
  • Present summer research as a poster at a program wide symposium at the end of the program


The CREST-REU Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston has been/is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation: NSF Award # OCE-1658901; PIs: Christian and Poynton; NSF Award # 1359242; OCE-GEO/OCE Education and Human Resources; PIs: Christian and Hannigan; and NSF Award # 1062374; OCE-GEO/OCE Education and Human Resources; PIs: Hannigan and Christian

Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, VA (NSF Award # OCE-1658901; PIs Christian and Poynton). The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology

100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125 USA