From Estuaries to the Deep Sea

2021 Hatfield REU Symposium Schedule - August 19, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 12:40 PM PST

 June 13 - August 20, 2022

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 undergraduate students, funded by the National Science Foundation.

  • 20 students are located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) and Port Orford Field Station on the Pacific coast focusing on marine and estuarine sciences

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 and estuarine 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. 

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 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 2022 and COVID-19

In summers of 2020 and 2021, we were able to support interns to conduct research fully remote, onsite and hybrid. We are eager to provide a range of options for participants in the internship program during summer 2022. 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 2022 the possible modalities (in-person, remote, and hybrid) for each participant of the program.

REU Application Details

DATES: June 13 - August 20, 2022 at both the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) and at the Port Orford Field Station on the Oregon coast. 

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.

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 community 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 must be currently enrolled in college with a minimum of one term remaining after the summer program toward a bachelor’s degree. 

DEADLINE: Extended to Monday, February 28, 2022, 5 PM PST 

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). We anticipate invitations to accepted students in the first week of March.

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.

Questions about application and program information contact: Itchung Cheung, Program Director (541-867-0380 or HMSCacademic@oregonstate.edu)