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NEW Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program


California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), offers a 10-week, Summer Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program* in the Monterey Bay Region. While working with faculty and scientists, students will engage in Ocean Science research at the following host institutions:

• California State University, Monterey Bay
• Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
• Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
• Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
• Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Naval Postgraduate School

Students will conduct Ocean Science research within the following disciplines and themes:

Oceanography Trace Metal Analysis; Biological Oceanography; Internal Wave Dynamics; Ocean Analysis and Prediction; Ocean Modeling; Nearshore Processes; and, Coastal Circulation 

Marine Biology and Ecology Marine Landscape Ecology; Marine Microbiology; Fish Ecology; Marine Physiology; Population Genetics; Invasion Ecology; Conservation Biology; Thermal Stress Physiology; and, Biomechanics

Ocean Engineering Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs); Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs); Ocean Instrumentation; Computer Programming; and, Artificial Intelligence

Marine Geology Coastal Erosion; Sediment Transport; Seafloor Mapping; Biogeochemical Analysis; Sedimentology of Upwelling Biogenic Sediments; and, Geomorphology of Coastal Environments

Students will collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive critical feedback from mentors. Students will engage in reviewing original literature, formulating a hypothesis, understanding study designs, testing hypotheses, and conveying their research to a scientific audience. Post-REU training and support will be available to students.  During the REU, students will participate in workshops, research seminars, and a student research symposium that will aid them in their current and future research. These include:

• Orientation
• Scientific Ethics and RCR Training
• Scientific Boating
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Graduate School Admissions and Fellowships
• Scientific Communication


Stipend, travel, and housing support is covered by the program


Summer 2015 dates
  • The online application portal opens on January 12, 2015
  • All application materials are due on March 2nd, 2015
  • The program dates are June 8th - August 14


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