LUMCON supports higher education and research in Louisiana and elsewhere by offering courses, personnel, facilities, and vessels to educators.

  • For instructors, LUMCON is a unique facility for a variety of field trips to supplement lecture topics.
  • For students, LUMCON offers university courses throughout the year and hands-on field opportunities for learning. LUMCON has video conferencing capabilities to broadcast courses, seminars, and lectures to classrooms across the state and country.
  • For researchers, LUMCON provides dormitory facilities, vessels, and lab space for research in nearby habitats.

Contact our Associate Director of Education and Outreach to request a booking or apply for any of the following opportunities. Click here for information on LUMCON fees and policies.

LUMCON will be announcing programming for the summer of 2022 by early January 2022.  


The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other grant-funding organizations. Students attending university in the fall semester are eligible to spend 10 weeks at LUMCON during the summer conducting research and learning about careers in the sciences. All experiences are customized based on the applicant and the mentor that they are paired with. For example, past REU students have had projects focusing on shrimp respiration, deep-sea community composition, and coastal nitrogen cycling. Visit our REU webpage or contact our REU Director for more information about our REU program.

Students are also welcome to pursue internships at LUMCON during the academic school year and outside of the REU program. Students should contact DeFelice Center Faculty or the LUMCON Librarian directly to inquire about research and information sciences opportunities.


This fellowship program is designed to support the research of a graduate student from an underrepresented group in STEM. This fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to complete a summer in residence at LUMCON where they will take advantage of LUMCON’s unique location and facilities and opportunities to work with LUMCON scientists to complete research that will contribute to their thesis/dissertation. To learn more about the program and application details visit the program page by using this link.


Semester Courses

  • Changing Coastal Oceans (spring 2022) course information, click here.

Summer Courses

  • LUMCON will be offering summer programs in 2022. Details will be released soon.
  • Summer programs are focused on relevant marine science topics and address current issues specific to coastal Louisiana and the Gulf or Mexico. .
  • Students who attend this program learn and practice transferable skills that can be used in every science career.
  • Students benefit from mentorship to build academic and professional networks.

**Details coming soon for summer 2022.


Field trips to LUMCON are fully customizable and tailored to fit your needs. Field trips can take place year-round and can last anywhere from 4 hours to several days. Activities could include completing research, microscope work, specimen comparison, a nature walk, paddling, an R/V Acadiana trip, and others by request. Contact our Director of Education and Outreach or click here to learn more about a field trip for university students to LUMCON. Click here for information on LUMCON fees and policies.