From Estuaries to the Deep Sea

June 15- August 22, 2020

APPLICATION REVIEW UPDATE: We received ~400 applications. All applicants will be notified when the selection process has completed. All OCE-funded REU Sites must give students until March 15th or LATER to accept their offers regardless of the application deadline. In other words, March 15th is the earliest possible deadline for student acceptance (later deadlines are fine). 

Each summer, OSU offers paid research internships for 20-24 undergraduate students, funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • 10-12 students are located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) on the Pacific coast in Newport focusing on marine and estuarine science
  • 10-12 students are located at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) in Corvallis, focusing on topics such as ocean ecology and biogeochemistry, marine geology and geophysics.

Students spend ten weeks working on individual research projects and participating in group field trips, seminars, and science colloquia under the guidance of the University and research agency scientists.

If you want to apply what you've learned in the classroom to real-world problems, then a research experience in marine, estuarine, earth and atmospheric sciences may be right for you! We welcome applications from students with backgrounds and interests in any of these areas, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, environmental science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors. Both research sites use the same application and students should browse both lists of mentors.

While students work independently with their research mentors, there are numerous opportunities to interact with other scientists and students at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and in CEOAS and other departments on the Corvallis campus, through orientation, weekly seminars, group field trips, social events, and final project presentations. Lists of potential mentors and project research areas appears below.

REU Application Details

DATES: June 15 - August 22, 2020 at both the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport and at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) in Corvallis. 

HMSC offers a particularly broad range of undergraduate research opportunities and applications in marine and estuarine science.

CEOAS offers research opportunities in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry, marine geology, sedimentology, and paleoclimatology, geophysics, physical oceanography and autonomous ocean observing, and geomicrobiology.

ELIGIBILITY: Currently enrolled undergraduates who are not graduating seniors may apply. Eligibility limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students from underrepresented groups, community colleges and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

REU interns receive a stipend ($624/week), housing on-site, and round-trip transportation from their home area if needed.  

DEADLINE: Initial Review - Sunday, February 2, 2020, Midnight PST.  Final Deadline - Friday, February 14, 2020, Midnight PST.

APPLICATION REVIEW UPDATE: We received ~400 applications. All applicants will be notified when the selection process has completed. All OCE-funded REU Sites must give students until March 15th or LATER to accept their offers regardless of the application deadline. In other words, March 15th is the earliest possible deadline for student acceptance (later deadlines are fine). 

FUNDING: Funding for this REU site is provide in by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science's located in Alexandria, VA. (NSF OCE-1758000) The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.