Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accelerating New Environmental Workskills

REU ANEW 2021 is going virtual!

Applications are currently being accepted for the REU ANEW summer 2021 program which will run from June 7 to August 13, 2021. Please see below for instructions on how to apply.  Applications must be received by March 15, 2021 for full consideration. 

Are you interested in studying the link between genetics and marine mammal health, the risk of diseases (known as zoonoses) that can transfer from animals to humans, or how policy and climate change are impacting tick-borne diseases and their effects on iconic Maine species like moose?  If so, you should consider applying to our program!  

Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU ANEW is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates interested in developing critical research and thinking skills that will empower them to tackle complex, interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health.  Working with faculty and graduate students in the University of Maine’s One Health and the Environment Initiative, students will have the opportunity to pursue diverse research topics that span the natural and social sciences, from lab to field to policy, from marine to terrestrial species. In addition to their primary research mentor, students will also be paired with a secondary “broader impacts” mentor, who will share the relevance of One Health research to real-world problems, and will foster student interest in career options in their field.  

For example projects and further information about the faculty mentors, please visit our faculty participant page.  To learn about student experiences from our inaugural REU ANEW 2019 cohort, check out their mid-program blog entries here.  

In addition to a unique research project directed by their faculty mentor, REU students will participate in weekly professional development workshops to build skills in problem solving, research design, data analysis, and communication.  At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their results at a virtual One Health ANEW research symposium.  Financial support for housing and food will be provided, along with a stipend and other support for attending professional conferences.  

Please note: due to restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic, we expect to conduct the program online during summer 2021.

This year’s program will run from June 7 to August 13, 2021. Applications must be received by March 15, 2021 and all complete applications submitted before this deadline will receive full consideration. Please see instructions below on how to apply.

Eligibility: All REU students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.  Students must have completed at least one year of an Associates or Baccalaureate degree program prior to the summer internship, and must plan to continue in their degree program following this summer internship (graduating seniors are not eligible). As part of the National Science Foundation’s and our commitment to broadening participation, we especially encourage students who self-identify with groups that are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to apply, as well as students attending institutions with relatively limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges and some undergraduate-only institutions)

To apply to the program, you must submit the following materials: 

  • A 1-2 page resume that includes current and past education experiences, relevant work history, awards/scholarships, and volunteer/service activities. 
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript. 
  • A short (100 to 500 words) personal statement that details why you are interested in gaining research experience in general and within One Health in particular. 
  • One letter of recommendation required (second letter optional). Letter(s) should be submitted directly by the recommender(s) through this online form. Your application cannot be considered complete until at least one 1-2 page letter of recommendation has been received. Encourage your letter writer(s) to comment on your potential as a researcher.    

We strongly encourage you to apply using this online application form. Please note, however, that this application form requires that you are signed in with a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can submit your application directly via email. In that case, please complete this cover page (not required if you completed the online application form) and attach a single pdf file entitled: LastName_FirstName_REU-ANEW.pdf that includes your completed cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and personal statement to

Please direct any questions you have about the program or the application process to or

Please also feel free to post, share, and distribute the flyer with your students and professional networks.  We look forward to welcoming our second cohort of REU ANEW students this summer!

Students working in a laboratory with a bottle and pipette
group of graduate students standing in front of white board
Students with clam rakes examining marine life on a beach