The REU Program

Students conduct 10 weeks of independent research under the supervision of a research mentor. In addition, students complete a suite of professional development workshops and training. The summer culminates with our celebratory Summer Research Symposium.

See our Program Calendar for a detailed schedule of program events and deadlines.

REU program goal

The goal of the Monterey Bay Regional REU program is to increase number and diversity of students pursuing Ocean Sciences careers.

This goal is achieved by:

  • Recruiting students from underrepresented groups and those with limited access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research
  • Preparing students in advance for the rigors of an original research project
  • Engaging students in authentic and innovative research
  • Providing high-caliber mentoring and professional development support for students during and after the REU to maintain interest and involvement in the Ocean Sciences

Research partners

Depending on their research interests (see themes below), students can choose to work with mentors at one of our six partnership institutions:

Research 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 collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive constructive feedback from mentors. Students 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 is available to students.

Program calendar

The following is our most up-to-date calendar of events and student deadlines. Scroll to the summer months to see all the dates and times of program activities for each year.

REU Mixer
REU student presenting at a conference
REU Scientific Boating