We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program here at CSU Monterey Bay. It’s a great opportunity for students to gain research experience at world class Ocean Science research institutions.

Students in our REU program can choose to conduct research in Monterey Bay in the following areas (the list of research topics within each area is not exhaustive):

Marine Biology and Ecology (includes population ecology, kelp forest ecology, marine landscape ecology, marine microbiology, population genetics, ecophysiology)

Ocean Engineering (includes ocean robotics, autonomous underwater vehicle design, artificial intelligence, computer programming, scientific instrumentation development and biomechanics)

Oceanography (includes mathematical modeling of ocean currents, internal wave dynamics, deep sea population ecology, geophysics, ocean acidification and plankton ecology)

Marine Geology (includes deep sea canyon formation, coastal hydrology, seafloor mapping, hydrothermal vent dynamics, coastal erosion, plate tectonics and marine biogeochemistry)

In addition to electing to work with mentors at CSU Monterey Bay students can also elect to work with mentors at our Monterey Bay area REU partner institutions. These include:

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Naval Postgraduate School

Students will be provided with a $5,000 stipend in addition to travel, room and board. REU students will also receive post REU support to attend conferences and in applying to graduate programs. The application portal will close on March 2nd at 11:59 PM PST. Our 10 week summer program will run from June 8th to August 14th. Additional program details can be found on our homepage:http://reu.csumb.edu/csumb-research-experiences-undergraduates-reu

We especially encourage applications from student groups historically underrepresented in the Ocean Sciences and students from institutions where research opportunities are limited (Junior/Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges, HBCUs and HSIs). Preference is given to student applicants who are rising sophomores or juniors.

Please note that per the rules of the Division of Ocean Science at NSF, students who have participated in any previous REU program are not eligible to apply to an Ocean Science REU program unless they come from a group historically underrepresented in the sciences. These groups include students who identify as African/American, Hispanic/Chicano, Native American, Native Alaskan or Pacific Islander. Students who have a physical disability, are first generation college students or military veterans are also eligible to apply for a second REU in the Ocean Sciences. Additionally, women applying to our Oceanography and Ocean Engineering tracks would be considered underrepresented within the Ocean Sciences.

Please feel free to have your students contact us at our REU email address (reu@csumb.edu) with their questions. Your students should also feel free to contact myself or our program coordinator, Dr. Bridgette Clarkston (bclarkston@csumb.edu), if they have any questions. I have attached a flyer that provides additional information but if you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for your assistance and hope everyone is doing well.