SURF Program Details

Important Dates for Summer 2020

Application Opens:  mid-January, 2020

Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
Students Notified:  by March 15, 2020
Program Start Date: June 21, 2020
Program End Date: August 21, 2020

Contact Information


Dr. Jane Teranes, Program Director
Tel. 858.822.2099

U.S. Postal Mail
SURF REU Program
UC San Diego
MC 0328
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0328

Participant Stipend

There is no cost to participate in the SURF program. Participants receive a $6000 stipend, on-campus housing, and travel. 


SURF fellows will typically spend 8 hours a day, Monday - Friday, engaged in their faculty-led research projects. In addition to research training, the SURF program provides mentoring and tips to prepare participants for success in graduate school. Fellows will attend weekly research workshops, conducted by Scripps researchers and faculty, participate in a GRE (Graduate Records Exam) preparation course, 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 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 or single bedrooms. It is highly recommended that Summer Fellows live in the provided housing in order to more fully appreciate their Summer Fellowship experience. In special 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. 


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 15 minutes from 6:15 am to 7:15 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: