Undergraduate Students

NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Undergraduate Fellowship

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Kirby at NOAA

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 for 2019 is now available.


  • 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.

Student Support

  • Two years of stipend support, $12,000/year.
  • $1,000 research scholarship.
  • Additional travel and research support available.

Application Form

Supporting Documents

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 cme@csumb.edu by Feb 11, 2019.

If you require assistance during the application process, please contact us at cme@csumb.edu.

Participating Faculty

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.

Dr. Eric Crandall, Assistant Professor, Research Interests: Marine Biology, Seascape Genetics, ecrandall@csumb.edu

Dr. Daniel Fernandez, Professor, Research Interests: Agricultural runoff as a source of marine debris, dfernandez@csumb.edu

Dr. Corey Garza, Associate Professor, Research Interests: Marine Landscape Ecology, Intertidal Community Ecology, cogarza@csumb.edu

Dr. Arlene Haffa, Associate Professor, Research Interests: Sustainable Agriculture, ahaffa@csumb.edu

Dr. Alison Haupt, Assistant Professor, Research Interests: Kelp Forest Ecology, Population Genetics, ahaupt@csumb.edu

Dr. Nathaniel Jue, Assistant Professor, Research Interests: Marine Genomics, Bioinformations, njue@csumb.edu

Dr. James Lindholm, Professor, Research Interests: Sub-tidal ecology, Science-Policy Integration, jlindholm@csumb.edu

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Assistant Professor, Research Interests: Marine Eco-physiology, Global Change Biology, clogan@csumb.edu

Dr. Steve Moore, Professor, Research Interests: Marine Biology and Robotics, stmoore@csumb.edu

Dr. John Olson, Assistant Professor, Research Interests: Freshwater Ecology, Biological Assessment, joolson@csumb.edu

Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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Student in lab

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. The application for 2019 is now available.


  • 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.

Student Support

  • $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 reu@csumb.edu. Additional information about the program can be found on the REU website. Begin the application process. Applications will be accepted until February 11, 2019.

Ocean Opportunities

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UC San Diego

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.

Student Support

  • 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 cogarza@csumb.edu or visit the Ocean opportunities website. Applications for program support are accepted on a continuous basis.