California State University, Monterey Bay Ocean Sciences NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates Program


Conduct paid summer research in beautiful Monterey Bay, California! Program runs June 8–Aug 14th. Applications due March 2nd.

Choose a research project in one of the following areas:
Marine Biology and Ecology (includes population ecology, kelp forest ecology, marine landscape ecology, marine microbiology, population genetics, ecophysiology and biomechanics).

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

Oceanography (includes ocean current modeling, deep sea population ecology, 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).

Our research partner institutions include:
CSU Monterey Bay
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 receive a $5,000 stipend in addition to support for travel, room and board, and 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:

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, but any undergraduate can apply!