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College of Science

Ocean Science REU

2023 Application

The 2023 Monterey Bay REU application is now open.

View the requirements and guidelines below to help you prepare a strong application. There will be three key parts and all three parts must be completed for an applicant to be considered. If you have any questions, please first consult our Frequently Asked Questions. For questions not covered in the FAQ, please email

If you would like to prepare your application materials before beginning your application, you may preview the application form.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Do not already have a Bachelor's degree
  • Recommended 2.8 GPA or better

Part 1: Application Form

  • Complete the 2023 REU application form. This form asks for Applicant Information, Faculty Mentor Preferences, and Academic Background. You will also need to have your supporting documents ready to upload at the time of submittal. If you need to submit an application by mail, please contact or 831-582-4188, and we will provide instructions for you.
  • Please review the mentors and projects list and consider who you are most interested in working with and why.
  • You must be available to participate in the program fully from Jun 4, 2023 - Aug 12, 2023 (including travel time to/from CSUMB).
  • 2023 application deadline is February 14, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST.

Part 2: Contact Info for Two Recommendations

At the time of submission, your application requires contact information for two persons 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 marine geosciences. Please be sure to ask your recommenders for permission to include their information before final submission of your application.

We do not require letters at the time of submission. Upon application review, if your application is shortlisted and you are invited to an interview, only then will we contact references to submit a letter (approximately early March 2023). Recommenders will be contacted by email and asked to complete an online form, where they can upload their letter. Recommenders: Please do not send letters directly to the REU email.

Part 3: Supporting Documents

You will need three key documents to support your application:

  • A) Statement of Purpose 
    • This essay covers four areas: Motivation, Achievement, Research Interests and Career Goals. Use our Application Resources/Guide for further guidance. 
    • Format: 2 pages maximum, 12-pt font, standard margins, single or double spacing will be accepted and is up to the applicant
  • B) College Transcripts (Unofficial or "released to student" version is fine!)
    • Please include Fall 2022 grades and Spring 2023 registered courses
  • C) CV/Academic Resume (see guideline in Application Resources/Guide)