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  • a US citizen, US national, or  US permanent resident
  • enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree; preference will be given to students with rising junior or sophomore status
  • most accepted applicants will have a minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • applications are encouraged from US citizens belonging to groups currently underrepresented in oceanography (Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Latino/Hispanics and Pacific Islanders)
  • International students and graduating seniors are not eligible for this program


Application period opens:  December 19, 2018

Application Deadline:  February 19, 2019

For your application, you will answer a number of general background and contact information questions online, but you will also need to have these additional items prepared in advance and ready to submit:

  1. An official or unofficial copy of your most recent transcript (as a PDF)
  2. An essay describing why you are interested in participating in the REU Program: Observing the Ocean. Please include in your essay:

(1) your research interests;

(2) the goals of your undergraduate studies;

(3) your post-graduation career goals and plans;

(4)  If you have had previous research experience (note: this is not a requirement), please provide a brief description of your project.

Your essay should be approximately 500 words and can be submitted as plain text (.txt) or PDF

  1. Look over the Mentors & Projects page to pick 3 potential researchers you may want to work with. Program Directors will make every effort to match students with their choice of mentor. Please pick only 3.
  2. The names and email addresses for TWO references. [Note, the application system will send your reference writers an email with a special URL for them to visit and submit their letters].

    Please make sure your letters of recommendation are submitted by February 19, 2019.

Letters should be from your college professors (preferably for your science/engineering courses) who can comment on your academic qualifications and communication skills (at least 1 should be from a professor from a science class).

It is your responsibility to make sure all materials and letters are submitted by the application deadline.

Click here to begin your application

Application deadline: February 19, 2019

If you have any questions about the application process, please email Dr. Lisa Campbell or Dr. Tony Knap at

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