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California State University, Monterey Bay, offers a 10-week REU in the beautiful Monterey Bay Region. Students will collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive critical feedback from mentors.

2015 Dates and Details

  • Applications are due by March 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm PST
  • Program dates are June 8–August 14
  • Stipend, travel, and housing support is covered by the program

The REU Program

Over the summer, students complete their own independent research project under the supervision of their research mentor, as well as complete a suite of professional development workshops and training. Depending on their research interests (see themes below), students can choose to work with mentors at one of our 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 will collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive critical feedback from mentors. Students will 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 will be available to students.

Funding provided by

Funding for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to encourage students to develop independence and confidence in a research-oriented atmosphere and to continue their education in coastal and marine sciences. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, elrom@NSF.gov or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.