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)

MPL at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a 10-week summer research internship program in marine science and technology. MPL seeks inquisitive and motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or geology. The program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world.

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 http://cce.lternet.edu/ for more information).  The CCE-LTER site hosts around 4-5 REUs each summer for 10-12 weeks, full time - including stipends only.  REUs are placed in various labs at SIO under the guidance of an interdisciplinary group of CCE PIs, Associates, Grad 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 these REU positions.

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 US. 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 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates. Participants receive a minimum stipend of $5000, housing for the full program duration, and reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $500. No prior research experience is required.