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About Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Scripps Institution was founded in 1903 as an independent biological research laboratory with the mission “to seek, teach and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.” The institution has been a part of the University of California since 1912 and conducts marine research, graduate training and public service. Scripps staffs about 1,300, including 100 faculty members, more than 300 other scientists and approximately 240 graduate students. Its annual expenditures total over $140 million, as it conducts more than 300 studies each year. Scripps also operates a fleet of four ships and the platform FLIP for oceanographic research.

The Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) Program—available not only at the Scripps Institution but also at all UC departments related to the sciences, including engineering, physics and bioengineering—is designed to introduce undergraduates to research in the marine and earth sciences. Each STARS intern works with a University of California, San Diego faculty member on a research project. They also attend GRE preparation classes, complete grad school prep work and go to scientific lectures on current science research. At the program conference, each intern presents his research. The intensive SURF research training experience prepares students to become research scholars and stimulates serious consideration for graduate study.


Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, recent graduates and master’s students who are of an underrepresented ethnicity.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
Office of Graduate Studies, 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0003
Phone: (858) 534-3678


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Stipend
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA