Promoting Excellence

As an academic department of the University of California San Diego, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography works hard to enhance, promote, and showcase our students' scientific research.

Student Travel and Research Grants

Each quarter students from across all three programs are welcomed to request funding from the Department to enable professional development activities.  These awards generally fund attendance at important scientific conferences and cruise or field work support.

On average, nearly 30 students are supported each quarter.  Each Scripps graduate student can be awarded up to $3000 over the course of their academic careers here.

A few examples of past travel and research awards:

Jesse Traller - Marine Biology

What is your research focus with the Marine Biology group (MB)?

I am investigating what genes and modes of regulation control the development of lipid droplets in a marine diatom, a type of microalgae. Understanding how the cell accumulates neutral lipids (which are a precursor to biofuel) will enable better control of this process during large-scale algae biofuel production.

How did you use your award?

I was fortunate to present my research to scientists and industry leaders at the Algal Biomass Biofuels and Bioproducts in Toronto, Canada in June 2013. I also had the chance to present my research to well respected scientists in my field at the Molecular Life of Diatoms Meeting in Paris, France (June, 2013).

Shi Sim - Geophysics

What is your research focus with the Geophysics group (GP)?

My research focuses on applying engineering knowledge of computational fluid dynamics onto the natural world, particularly volcanic eruptions, subglacial volcanism and flows in cryosphere.

How did you use your award?

I received funding for a student research cruise, the MIST Expedition, on the Mentawai patch offshore Indonesia on the Roger Revelle for a multibeam survey of the area. Gravity cores were also taken for paleooceanography in the Indian ocean.

UC Ship Funds Program

Research training is a fundamental element of the Scripps mission, and our commitment to practical research training is exemplified by the UC Ship Funds Program. Made possible by support from the University of California and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this program provides more than $1 million per year to enable graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career faculty to pursue independent research and instruction at sea aboard Scripps ships. Since 1995, UC Ship Funds have supported an average of 57 days at sea per year on cruises ranging from one-day trips off San Diego to month-long expeditions from foreign ports.

Scripps graduate students can utilize the UC Ship Funds Program to organize and lead their own scientific cruises.