Summer REU: Coastal Ocean Processes

This NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program will support ten highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Processes during an intensive 10-week program at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA. 

The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies (including a 1-day research cruise), introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, professional developement workshops, group activities and field trips to explore Catalina Island's unique ecosystems.

The application window for the Wrigley Institute's 2016 REU program was January 11 - February 15, 2016.  Please go to the How to Apply page for access to the application form.

2015 REU Photo Album on Flickr:
REU 2015

Note: Special consideration will be given to students who attend a university or college in Southern California and/or institutions with limited research training opportunities, but we encourage applications from all students nationwide who meet the NSF REU program's requirements for eligibility (see 'Who should apply').

2016 NSF WIES REU Handbook for Students and Mentors
2016 NSF WIES REU Brochure
2016 NSF WIES REU Brochure (no background)

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Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences under NSF Award OCE-1263356.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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