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

Applications for the 2017 SURF program are being accepted until March 5, 2017.  Apply now!


What is the SURF REU program?

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 their 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. Information on the areas of research and faculty mentors available for SURF Fellows for 2017 can be found here.  More information on areas of research at Scripps can be found here.

More resources:

Read the 2016 SURF student profiles here! (2016 Flickr gallery)

2015 SURF student profiles (2015 Flickr gallery)

2014 SURF student profiles (2014 Flickr gallery)

Scripps News article highlighting the SURF class of 2014: Summertime for the Adventurous