Undergraduate research is an essential part of the UNE marine science program, no matter which major you choose. All students conduct research in the field through their regular coursework beginning in their freshman year, with additional opportunities to gain experience through faculty labs and multi-institutional initiatives in UNE's Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences.
In addition to lab classes and faculty lab positions, the Department of Marine Sciences provides pathways for students to obtain research experience through fellowships from partners and programs including Pratt & Whitney, Bristol Seafood, SEANET, and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
Advanced undergraduate students (with a GPA of 3.5 or higher) also have the option of applying to the Honors Program, which allows students to conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
I really love research, especially fieldwork, because ... no one knows what's going to happen, and there's always this sense of discovery.
—Drew, Marine Biology Student