NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Undergraduate Fellowship
The NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Undergraduate Fellowship provides funding for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Examples of these areas include biology, engineering, fisheries science, and oceanography. Participants conduct research with CSUMB faculty and NOAA scientists. Student scholarship recipients will begin their first summer internship in early June. Note: All prospective students should review the eligibility requirements and profiles for prospective CSUMB faculty mentors prior to beginning the application process. Eligibility requirements and faculty profiles can be found below. The application period for our 2018 cohort has now closed. The application portal for our 2019 cohort will open in November 2018.
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Must be currently enrolled as a full-time 2nd-year student in a four-year CSUMB STEM program, a currently enrolled student in a CSUMB STEM program with at least two years remaining or, transferring from a two-year institution to CSUMB.
- Studying a STEM discipline at CSUMB related to NOAA's programs and mission.
- Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- Two years of stipend support, $12,000/year.
- $1,000 research scholarship.
- Additional travel and research support available.
- This form asks for Applicant Information, Potential Faculty Mentors and Academic Background. You can access the form at the following link: 2018 NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Undergraduate Fellowship
- Please review mentors and consider who you are most interested to work with and why.
- Priority Application Deadline: February 05, 2018
You will need four key documents to support your application
- 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 program. (Format: 2 pages maximum, 12pt font, standard margins, single or double spacing will be accepted and is up to the applicant)
- Academic Resume or CV
- College transcripts (Unofficial or "released to student" version is fine!)
- Letters of Recommendation: Your application requires a recommendation from two people who can assess your academic abilities, motivation, work habits, potential as a researcher, and your ability to benefit from participating in this program. Letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require assistance during the application process, please contact us at email@example.com.
All NOAA fellows must have a CSUMB tenure-track faculty as their lead mentor. Review the faculty profiles below to learn more about our faculty and their research programs. Applicants can select up to three prospective mentors as part of their application. Please review the faculty profiles below and contact prospective mentors prior to submitting your application.
Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Through funding provided by the National Science Foundation, CSUMB offers a 10-week summer research experiences for undergraduates (REU) program in Monterey Bay. This opportunity is available to both CSUMB students and students attending 2 and 4-year academic institutions within the U.S. and its territories. Students can conduct research with faculty at CSUMB as well as with our partner institutions which include, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Naval Postgraduate School. Working with research mentors students develop original research projects in the following areas: Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Geology, Ocean Engineering and Oceanography. Application deadline: February 16, 2018.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Current sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
- Recommended 2.8 GPA or better.
- $5000 stipend
- Room and board provided on the CSUMB campus
- Round trip travel to and from Monterey Bay
- $500 research account
- Post REU support for travel to scientific conferences
For additional information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the program can be found on the REU website. Begin the application process. Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2018.
Ocean Opportunities is a partnership to develop a new, coordinated strategy by the ocean sciences community to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in ocean science and ocean engineering graduate programs. This strategy was discussed and endorsed at the Fall 2010 Ocean Science Educators Retreat (OSER), hosted by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C. As a follow-up to the OSER meeting, a workshop held in June 2012 brought together faculty from minority-serving, undergraduate institutions with those who manage ocean science and engineering graduate programs.
Ocean Opportunities seeks to acquaint underrepresented minority undergraduate students with these opportunities, encouraging students to pursue a graduate degree in ocean science and engineering programs. The partnership aims to promulgate the career and educational possibilities of these programs by supporting institutional-neutral booths at scientific meetings that attract undergraduate students, distributing brochures and other promotional information, supporting a web page informing potential students of programs and careers in ocean science and ocean engineering fields, and coordinating campus visits by representatives from institutions offering graduate studies in ocean science and engineering to minority-serving colleges and universities. Funding is provided by the Deerbrook Charitable Trust.
- Funded graduate school visits
- Online professional development webinars
- Support for conference participation
For additional information or to get involved in the program activities contact CMEP Director Dr. Corey Garza at email@example.com or visit the Ocean opportunities website. Applications for program support are accepted on a continuous basis.