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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO)

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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO) program is a 10-week research experience designed primarily for science, math and engineering students who will have just completed their junior year of undergraduate coursework. Students from ancillary disciplines or with fewer years of college coursework are welcome to apply. The program can include laboratory work, data analysis, instrument development, dynamical modeling, even a research cruise.

Summer Fellows may be involved in projects related to:

-Physical, Biological, Chemical, or Geological Oceanography


-Population Genetics / Biodiversity


-Atmospheric Chemistry/Meteorology

-Remote Sensing/Ocean Engineering

Our program emphasizes the quantitative aspects of Oceanography, so many student projects involve fluid dynamics, marine geophysics, or numerical/physical modeling. We also encourage process-oriented interdisciplinary research projects that take full advantage of the expertise at the Graduate School of Oceanography, the Department of Ocean Engineering, and local federal laboratories.

Students receive a stipend of $6,000, housing located on the Narragansett Bay Campus.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Rhode Island (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Molecular Biology

Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Marine Organic Geochemistry
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Ocean Circulation
Ocean Engineering
Physical Oceanography

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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