The goal of the OGCB REU program is to provide students with a supportive environment in which to conduct a student-led project on the impacts of environmental change on marine ecosystems and organisms. Here at UCSB, we have a world-class research faculty and a community of people that support and foster undergraduates in research experiences.

In addition to a focus on standard research practices (e.g., experimental design, hypothesis testing, and data analysis), OGCB participants will gain valuable training in areas of professional development, science communication, and building leadership skills, which they will be able to practice during group activities and the end-of-program colloquium. Furthermore, our location allows us to interact with other groups on the west coast in order to provide students with a broad-based experience in marine science (e.g., the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary located on the UCSB campus). Lastly, UCSB is the site of two NSF-funded LTERs – the Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) LTER and the Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) LTER.  Our students will be able to take advantage of research and educational activities within these groups.

This 8-week REU program will cover stipend and housing for participants.  Each participant will receive $500/week and will be staying at the Santa Ynez Apartments on UCSB campus.


Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA (Award 1659835). The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.