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Schmid College of Science and Technology

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

Funded by NSF-EAR #2150540

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

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SURFEES 2023 will take place Monday, June 12 – Friday, August 4, 2023

The application deadline is 5:00 PM, Friday, March 17, 2023. The steps to apply are as follows:



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 underrepresented 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 area

Specific features of the SURFEES program include:

  • Faculty-mentored intensive research in a range of earth and environmental disciplines including biology, chemistry, food science, and geoscience
  • On-campus student apartment housing for full 8 weeks of the program
  • Professional development workshops
  • Seminars with faculty speakers and environmental professionals
  • Cohort-building activities and social events
  • Concluding research poster presentation showcase and ceremony
  • $4800 fellowship award

For additional information or questions about the SURFEES 2023 program, please contact Chris Kim.