» Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Earth and Environmental Sciences (SURFEES)

Funded by NSF-EAR #1359500

NOTE:  Participation in the SURFEES program is limited to the following partnering 2-year community colleges:


SURFEES 2016 will take place Monday, June 13 – Friday, August 5, 2016.  Application deadline is February 10, 2016.  If you qualify for participation (see above), please contact Marianne Smith for application information. 

This National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) sponsored program in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University (Orange, CA) will annually provide 10-15 students selected exclusively from partnering 2-year community colleges with the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects related to earth and environmental issues from the regional to global scale.   The SURFEES program objectives are to:

  • Provide transformative research experiences to students from 2-year institutions that lack substantial research facilities
  • Increase the participation of under-represented students, particularly Hispanics, women and low-income individuals, in hands-on scientific research and increase their confidence level in conducting research
  • Develop scientifically-literate, experienced participants who persist, transfer into and graduate with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degrees
  • Increase student awareness of earth and environmental issues and career opportunities in environmental areas

Specific features of the SURFEES program include:

  • Faculty-mentored intensive research in a range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, food science, and geoscience
  • Professional development workshops
  • Seminars with faculty speakers and environmental professionals
  • Concluding research poster presentation session and commencement ceremony
  • On-campus apartment housing
  • Group social activities

For additional information or questions about the SURFEES program, please contact Chris Kim

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