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Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

2016 SURF fellows Carlos Anguiano, Xochitl Clare, and Gizelle Crisostomo conduct research at Scripps Oceanography.

Dive into science this summer with the Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship

** The application for the summer 2020 SURF application has closed.  Amid the uncertainty of travel restrictions and possible campus closures due to efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, no admission decisions have been made yet.   We are in contact with our funding agencies and our campus officials to decide next steps for this summer.  Please check this site frequently for updates. **


What is the SURF REU program?

The Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) designed to engage students in diverse and exciting earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution.

In particular, the SURF program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue Earth and ocean sciences career pathways, and to recruit individuals from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities.

SURF is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences.

Students will:

  • Gain valuable research experience under the collective mentorship of faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students at Scripps
  • Gain an understanding of the challenges, rewards and culture of graduate studies in the sciences
  • Develop knowledge and skills to better prepare themselves for a successful career in earth and marine sciences
  • Engage with the larger research community at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Participate in a weekly research training workshop and a GRE preparation course
  • Present their research results as part of a student research symposium
  • Have the opportunity to present the results of their summer research at a national conference

Areas of Research

The disciplinary breadth represented by the faculty and researchers at Scripps allows mentoring in virtually every aspect of marine sciences including biology, earth, oceans and atmosphere. More information on areas of research at Scripps.



More resources:

Feature story: Scripps Oceanography’s 2020 SURF Program Continues During COVID-19

Feature story: SURF Program Fosters Network of Support for Students to Continue to Graduate School (2019)

SURF 2019 student profiles | 2019 Flickr gallery

SURF 2018 student profiles | 2018 Flickr gallery

Feature story: SURFing into Science Research (2017)

SURF 2017 student profiles | 2017 Flickr gallery

2016 SURF student profiles | 2016 Flickr gallery

2015 SURF student profiles | 2015 Flickr gallery

2014 SURF student profiles | 2014 Flickr gallery

Feature story: Summertime for the Adventurous (2014)