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Application Information


Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin February 21, so we strongly urge having all materials in by that date. Participant selection begins early March.

We may continue to accept applications past the target date, until all positions have been filled.


Eligibility
Citizenship. The SURFO program is limited to U.S. citizens or foreign students who are permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. possessions.

Academic Standing. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply, but the SURFO program is targeted for students completing their junior year. The SURFO program may also accept talented students completing their sophomore year or seniors who will be graduating after the fall semester.

Previous REU Experience. We are directed by our Program Officers at NSF to give preference to students who have NOT participated in a previous Geoscience REU program. In some special instances, we may be able to accept prior REU participants, but we need permission from NSF to do so.


Selection Criteria
The selection of SURFO participants is based upon:
- academic achievement in the basic sciences, math or engineering
- possible career interest in oceanography or ocean engineering
- recommendations from undergraduate professors or research advisors
- research potential
- ability to articulate, in writing, reasons for applicant's interest in program.

All students who are offered a position at this REU Site have until March 15th or later to accept or reject the offer. Any student who is asked to accept or reject an offer prior to March 15th should contact the Division of Ocean Science's REU Program Director, Lisa Rom at elrom@NSF.gov or 703-292-7709.

Application Materials
We offer several application methods, including: There are five basic components to a SURFO application:
1) Statement of Interest (to include)
- Career Interests
- Research Experience (if any)
- Reasons for Interest in this Program
2) Letters of Reference (2 required)
- from people who are familiar with your academic capabilities
3) Resume (to include)
- Education
- Relevant Coursework
- Honors
- Work Experience
- Other Activities
4) Computer Experience (to include)
- Systems, Platforms & Languages used
- Code writing experience
- Hardware & Software familiarity
5) College Transcripts
- for each college attended