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Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities at Scripps

Looking to gain summer research experience at a world-renowned research institution? Check out some of the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs offered at Scripps Institution of Oceanography!

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

What is it? SURF is 10-week, NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program. It is designed to engage students from across the country in an exciting summer of research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Potential research projects span the fields of oceanography, marine biology, earth sciences, geophysics and atmospheric sciences.

Who should apply? This program has sixteen funded positions for non-UC San Diego students and one position for a UC San Diego student. On-campus housing is provided. The program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue career pathways in earth and ocean sciences and aims to recruit underrepresented minorities, veterans, students with disabilities, and students from institutions with limited research facilities and/or limited curricula in earth, ocean or atmospheric sciences. Students who are majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, math, engineering, or environmental sciences and who have already started upper division course work are the best fit with this program. No prior research experience is required.

Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) Summer Internship Program

What is it? The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers a 10-week summer research internship program in marine science and technology. The program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world.

Who should apply? MPL seeks inquisitive and motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or geology.

California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research (CCELTER)

What is it? The NSF-funded CCE-LTER Program is working to understand and communicate the effects of long-term climate variability on the California Current pelagic ecosystem, a major coastal upwelling biome (see for more information). The CCE-LTER site hosts around 4-5 REU participants each summer for 10-12 weeks. REU participants will work full-time in various labs at Scripps Oceanography under the guidance of an interdisciplinary group of CCE PIs, associates, graduate students and Post-docs working in many different aspects of oceanographic research in the CCE.

Who should apply? Well-qualified and highly motivated undergraduates with interests and background in biology, chemistry, physics and/or computer science are encouraged to apply, especially members of groups under-represented in the earth and environmental sciences. A desire to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research and an interest in possibly pursuing science/research via graduate school is a plus. Students must be a registered undergraduate and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions. Housing and transportation costs are not provided as part of this REU program.

Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE)

What is it? CAICE's Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an 8-10 week summer research program placing students in lab sites at multiple universities. The Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) focuses on improving our understanding of how aerosol particles influences the environment, air quality, and climate. Our diverse team investigates the enormous chemical, biological, and physical variability of airborne particles, with special attention to sea spray. Using state-of-the-art instrumentation and computational tools, including a novel real-world in the laboratory approach to generate aerosols, CAICE is dedicated to researching all aspects of aerosol chemistry, one of the largest current gaps in our understanding of climate change. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, thoughtful and enthusiastic undergraduate researchers engage in experimental or theoretical CAICE research throughout the U.S. We are eager to involve you in our mission!

Who should apply? The program seeks undergraduate students with an interest in chemistry who would like to participate in cutting-edge CAICE research. Women, students from underrepresented groups, and military veterans are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to current second- and third-year undergraduates. Participants receive a minimum stipend of $5,000, housing for the full program duration, and reimbursement for out-of-town travel costs up to $500. No prior research experience is required.

UC Natural Reserve System - Field Science Fellowship

What is it? The Field Science Fellowship is an opportunity for two-person teams of University of California faculty and undergraduate students to propose field science research projects that will primarily be conducted in one of the reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System. Approved research proposals will be awarded $5,000 for in the form of a student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. Proposals should focus on field research projects that will allow students to perform full-time research for 8 weeks during the summer.

Who should apply? The program is available to current undergraduate students enrolled a degree program at any University of California campus. To be eligible, a student's cumulative GPA and the GPA of their most recent quarter must be 2.0 or higher. Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2019 and February 7, 2020. This program involves an extensive application and project proposal process that must be submitted by both the student and the faculty research advisor. Interested students and faculty should begin collaborating well ahead of the application deadline to draft a thorough and competitive proposal.

UCSD Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP)

The Summer Research Programs through AEP equips students with the skills to become research scholars, encourage students' pursuit of graduate study, and increase graduate school enrollment among underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation college students. Among the available summer programs are the McNair Program, Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) and the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS). There are also a wide variety of scholarships that students can apply for to conduct their own research during the summer, more information can be found on the AEP website and on the website for USCD's Undergraduate Research Scholarships.  Keep in mind that many applications have deadlines in February for summer programs and/or scholarships.