SURF Program Details

The SUMMER 2023 Application is closed

details for the Summer 2024 surf program will be provide when available.

Available research projects

Click here for a list of available research projects and labs in Summer 2023. This list will be updated as new projects become available.

Application Deadline: APril 21, 2023

Application review will begin on April 14, 2023 and we encourage applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible for early consideration. April 21 is the final day to submit application materials.

Contact Information


Participant Stipend

There is no cost to participate in the SURF program. Participants receive a $700/week stipend ($5,600 for the 8-week program), on-campus housing or housing allowance, and travel. 

Eligibility Requirements

Participation is limited to current undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who will graduate before the start of summer 2023 are not eligible.

Applicants of any race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, dis/ability or veteran status are welcome. Students who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in earth and ocean sciences, including students who are Hispanic/LatinX, Black or African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American or Alaska Native, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students who are first-generation, nontraditional, economically disadvantaged, veterans, or parents and students with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

No prior research experience nor formal coursework in earth or ocean sciences is required to apply.  Students who have previously participated in an ocean sciences REU are generally NOT eligible, although some exceptions may apply. Please ask if you're interested (

Participants must be available for the entire duration of the anticipated program dates, June 26, 2023 through August 18, 2023, and must be available and willing to participate full time (approximate 40 hours/week) in the program.


SURF fellows will typically spend eight hours a day, Monday - Friday, engaged in their faculty-led research projects. In addition to research training, the SURF program provides mentoring and workshops to prepare participants for success in pursuing careers and graduate school in earth and ocean sciences. Fellows also attend weekly research seminars, career panels, and give a formal presentation of their results at the SURF Research Symposium at the end of the program.  The SURF program also includes local field trips and social events.


Housing is provided for all onsite fellowship recipients in shared apartments on the UC San Diego campus. The apartments are furnished and equipped with a kitchen, outdoor patio, dining room, living room and double bedrooms. It is highly recommended that Summer Fellows live in the provided housing in order to more fully appreciate their Summer Fellowship experience. In some circumstances, a housing allowance can be provided in lieu of on-campus housing. While on campus, students can also take advantage of UC San Diego facilities, such as dining halls, libraries, swimming pools and other recreational amenities.  A small number of remote participants will be admitted to the program There is no housing allowance for remote participation. COVID-19 statement: We plan to offer on-campus housing in summer 2023.  However, final decisions on housing availability will be made in accordance with campus guidelines closer to the start of the program. Reopening of many campus facilities for summer 2023 will also be subject to campus health and safety guidelines. 


Meals are not included in the SURF program. All on-campus apartments are equipped with kitchens. The UC San Diego campus operates multiple dining halls and restaurants that are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and several small markets on campus where students can shop for staples. There are also several breakfast/lunch and coffee facilities located at Scripps. Full-service grocery stores are located in a large shopping center less than 0.5 miles away from the on-campus housing.


Round trip travel to and from San Diego is provided by the program. SURF fellows will work in research labs and facilities at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is located about 1 mile from the UC San Diego campus. Courtesy shuttles between main campus and Scripps run every 30 minutes from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays. Students can also easily walk or bike between the UC San Diego campus and Scripps. Beautiful La Jolla beaches, full-service grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theaters are located within an easy walk or a bus ride from the main UC San Diego campus. Students will find it convenient, but not necessary, to have access to a car to enjoy the San Diego region in the evenings and on the weekends.

La Jolla and San Diego

La Jolla is a beautiful seaside community along 7 miles of curving coastline in Southern California. Surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches, La Jolla is located within the northern city limits of San Diego, and is 12 miles north of downtown San Diego. With a mild climate (an average daily temperature of 70 degrees) and access to public beaches, parks and the ocean, La Jolla and the greater San Diego region provide myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, cultural pursuits, dining, and shopping. Additional information about the San Diego region can be found at: