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Prospective Students

CMBC is part of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is not a curricular group. Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a department within the University of California San Diego (UCSD). CMBC activities involve many UCSD departments and curricular groups.   Prospective students should investigate the various UCSD programs, admission requirements and other opportunities.  Participation in CMBC programs and activities is open to ALL UCSD Students regardless of departmental affiliation.

Commitment to Diversity
Our program seeks to achieve a diversified student body and actively encourages underrepresented minority students to apply. More information on the UCSD diversity program & activities can be found at and

Application & Graduate Life at UCSD

The UCSD Office of Graduate Studies provides application procedures plus information on funding & academic awards, graduate life at UCSD, UCSD fees and expenses.  Graduate School applicants interested in CMBC should note their interest in our interdisciplinary program in the Enrollment section of the application where there is space to express a more focused interest.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities  

Funding for Graduate School

More information:   please see Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in our education section. 

Undergraduate research opportunities 

Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences -Western Washington University

Summer Training Academy for Research in Sciences (STARS)
NOAA Environmental Partnership Program

NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) provides opportunities at universities around the country.
Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships 

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Funding for Graduate School

SACNAS list of fellowships and scholarships for under-represented students
EPA Student Fellowships
NSF- Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NOAA - Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Graduate Scholarship Program
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Ford Foundation - Fellowships
UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral  Fellowships 
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Fullbright Foreign Fellowships **** MAS and PHD
Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships-for-service


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To seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.