2017 CSUMB Oceans Science REU

Hi ES students,

An REU opportunity for sophomores or juniors. See below.

Also, in case you don’t know about REUs…REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduate students. They are primarily intended for students interested in pursuing research in graduate school. They are highly competitive, and many REUs get over 100 applicants for 6 positions. If you receive an REU, it is a great resume builder! Most REUs are funded by the National Science Foundation, and typically include a generous stipend.

Please let me know if you have questions or speak with your ES advisor about REUs. We have had several ES students complete REUs, and your advisor can help you determine if you will be a competitive candidate. ES faculty also have research opportunities for you, so stay tuned for those options as well!



From: Megan Bassett [mailto:mbassett]
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2016 3:01 PM
Cc: cogarza
Subject: 2017 CSUMB Oceans Science REU


I am enlisting your assistance in advertising the 2017 Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program to your students at your institution. I am emailing you because of your previous support of students applying to our program by providing letters of recommendation.

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 and biomechanics)

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

Oceanography (includes mathematical modeling of ocean currents, ocean-atmosphere interactions, ocean acidification and plankton ecology)

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

This year through, supplemental funding provided by NSF’s Polar Division, we will also be able to support two additional students with remote access to current NSF research in the Arctic and Antarctic as part of their REU experience.

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 support for 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 February 13th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Our 10 week summer program will run from June 4th to August 12th, 2017. Additional program details can be found on our homepage: https://csumb.edu/reu

We especially encourage applications from student groups historically underrepresented in the Ocean Sciences and students with limited to no research experience. Preference is given to student applicants who are sophomores or juniors.

If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact our REU email: reu. I’ve also attached our poster.



REU Poster.pdf


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