From Estuaries to the Deep Sea

June 14 - August 21, 2021

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.

Summer 2021 and COVID-19

In the summer of 2020, we were able to support interns to conduct research remotely. We are eager for a return to an in-person internship program during summer 2021. However, it is very difficult to predict what the status of the pandemic will be. We will rely on university policies and procedures to guide how the program will operate and ensure the health and safety of participants. The university’s current COVID-19 response status can be found at this website. We anticipate assessing and deciding in late March 2021 whether the program will be in person, remote or somewhere in between.

REU Application Details

DATES: June 14 - August 21, 2021 at both the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport and at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) in Corvallis. 

Each REU fellow will receive:  Stipend ($600/week), *housing on-site, and *round-trip transportation from their home area if needed.  

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: We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all participants in our program. We strive to support students from a diversity of majors, colleges, backgrounds, and life experiences in our cohorts.

Students from colleges and universities where research opportunities are limited and from groups underrepresented in marine and coastal science are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed at least two years of study towards (but not yet completed) a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students who are rising seniors.

DEADLINE: REU Selection has been completed. Please check back next year.

APPLICATION REVIEW UPDATE: All applicants will be notified when the selection process has completed. All OCE-funded REU Sites must give students a minimum of 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.