Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers
undergraduate, recent graduates (less than 12 months of start date) and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain
hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The
program enables students to work on specific projects while
getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of
the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum
educational benefit to each participant.
is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change
for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.
at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre
research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into
some of the most profound issues
challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and
invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained
an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our
professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers
in the environmental sciences.