Summer Research Program

Unfortunately, we were recently notified that the University will not be allowing in-person programming to occur this summer, and therefore, we will have to cancel our Summer Research Program for 2021. Instead, we would like to invite you to participate during Summer 2022. Dates and information about Summer 2022 will be available later this year.



Science & Conservation: The research mission of this program will be to assess the ecology and biology of sharks in relation to urbanization and climate stressors. Research activities will include shark abundance surveys, tagging, and tracking, as well as physiological sampling and associated laboratory analyses.

Unparalleled research opportunities: The project allows students to gain research training and engage in scientific inquiry through participation with University of Miami scientists and staff. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes in marine conservation biology.

Sea & Lab: : Each summer research program will be two weeks in duration, composed of both boat-based and laboratory research work at the University of Miami.


  • Diversity and abundance monitoring
  • Immunological health assessment
  • Food-web dynamics & predator-prey interactions
  • Movement ecology and habitat use
  • Functional morphology
  • Coral reef restoration


  • Drumline sampling and trap surveys
  • Acoustic tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Satellite tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Accelerometry
  • Non-lethal biopsy sampling
  • Morphological measurements
  • Diet & nutritional analysis
  • Blood sampling and processing

What You Can Expect

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Session 1  |  June 6 – June 18, 2021 
Session 2  |  June 20 – July 2, 2021 


  • Boat-based shark research
  • Laboratory activities
  • Research equipment
  • Scientific training
  • Captain, crew, staff

Not Included:

  • Food
  • Accommodations (UM intern housing is available at a separate cost)
  • Transportation to and from Miami 

Program fee: $2,330

Details subject to change. We will notify future applicants of any changes.

Who Should Apply

Due to the cancellation of our program during summer 2020, previously accepted participants will be given priority for summer 2021 positions.

Apply Now!

The Summer Research Program is for individuals 18+ who would like to experience the life of an SRC researcher. Maybe you’re an undergraduate student who wants to get your feet wet in the field to give you some perspective before applying to graduate school. Or perhaps you’re a career professional who chose a different path but always wondered what it would like to be a shark researcher. We would strongly encourage teachers to apply too. We have curriculum ready for you to take back to your classroom. We’ve had success with educators participating in the shark research summer program in order to fulfill annual career development requirements.

Space is limited!

SRC was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I got to meet so many fun and interesting people, and gain experience with species of sharks I never thought I would encounter. Seeing a Great Hammerhead and Tiger shark close up is something I will never forget!

– Summer Program Participant ’19

Participating as a summer intern with the Shark Research Lab was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my undergraduate studies. Not only did I get hands on experience on the boat and in the lab, it was working with other students and professors working towards relevant scientific studies. While working with sharks was obviously an incredible experience, my favourite part was getting to meet new people and work alongside other students interested in the field of marine and biological sciences!

-Summer Program Participant ’19

  1. Arrival and Departure: Program dates are inclusive of the two week period, so participants need to plan to be in Miami by 3pm on the first day of their scheduled program
  2. Weekends: During the program, weekends are at your leisure. Miami offers a range of exciting extra-curricular activities. Some ideas can be found HERE
  3. Lifestyle, accommodations and daily transportation: All field and lab activities will be based daily out of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Field boat-based trips will leave and return daily from Miami. Miami can be an expensive city to visit. We’ve negotiated housing with the University of Miami’s Housing & Residential Life. Enjoy peace of mind, security, and convenience at our main campus located in Coral Gables. Apartment-style accommodations are available at the Lakeside Village. Housing rates are inclusive of 13-night’s stay (you can arrange for a few days more on an individual basis if you like), a parking permit if you drove your car, unlimited access to the Herbert Wellness Center, and shuttle service between main campus and the Rosenstiel marine campus. This is a great deal when you apply our promo code. In addition, you can add meal service if you don’t want to step outside campus for breakfast or dinner.
  4. Participation Fee: If accepted to the program, payment of the non-refundable participant fee can be made via credit card or check to secure your spot.
  5. Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel the program if we are unable to maintain the number of required participants. All participant fees will be refunded in this case.
  6. School Credit Policy: The summer research program is a non-credit-bearing program. Therefore, financial aid is not available.