APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED:  January 12, 9:00am until March 2nd, 2015 by midnight PST.
PROGRAM DATES: June 8th - August 14


Application Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully before submitting an application. If you have any questions, please email:


APPLICATION PARTS: There are three (3) parts to this application. See below for instructions on submitting each part.

  •  Application Form (to be submitted as a Word .docx file).
    • IMPORTANT: You must download and complete this form as a Word document (may not be possible using a mobile device).
    • You will be asked for your Selection of Potential Mentors. Visit our list of mentors to learn more about their research projects.
  • Supporting Documents (submitted as a single pdf file). These include:
    • STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. This essay covers four areas: Motivation, Achievement, Research Interests and Career Goals. describe your motivation to study marine sciences, your relevant academic achievements, your specific research interests and career goals as they relate to this REU program. (Format: 3 pages maximum, 12pt font, standard margins). Preview the questions by downloading the Statement of Purpose preview.
    • ACADEMIC RESUME OR C.V. Visit the Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab for further assistance
  • Letters of Recommendation (submitted separately by each of two referees)
    • Your application requires letters from TWO people who can assess your academic abilities, academic accomplishments and motivation, work habits, potential as a researcher, and your ability to participate in and benefit from a research internship program in ocean science. Our selection committee relies heavily on these letters, so choose your referees carefully. Applications that do not have two letters of recommendation will not be considered. The letters will remain confidential and will not be shared beyond the selection committee.



  • Save the APPLICATION FORM as a Microsoft Word document using the following format: lastname_firstname_REUapplication.docx.
  • Save the SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS as a SINGLE pdf file using the format: lastname_firstname_REUapplication.pdf.
  • Submit both the application form and supporting document files as attachments to a single email sent to
    • IMPORTANT: do not send your application to reu [at], this address is for general inquires only. 

You can use Adobe Acrobat or a free online PDF converter.



  • Ask your referees to submit their letters as pdf files using the format: Studentlastname_studentfirstname_refereelastname.pdf
  • Your referee should send the letter to the email address


Additional resources to help craft your application:

For more information or questions about the Ocean Science REU Program application process, email