Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Marine Science Institute is committed to diversity and inclusion in marine science.

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Rober Miller Lab

There is a significant amount of work to be done in order to create a science culture where all voices and life experiences are included. Here at MSI, we believe that one important action is to use our resources and expertise to create opportunities for others, especially early career scientists who are under-represented in the geosciences.

To this end, one of the main activities MSI researchers are engaged in is providing research experiences to undergraduates, both UCSB undergrads and those from other campuses. UC Santa Barbara is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and we are very focused on creating positive experiences for our students here, providing a welcoming and exciting on-ramp in the marine science.


Explore the many established research opportunities at MSI, along with currently available research experiences.

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Field-based Undergraduate Engagement through Research, Teaching, and Education
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Research Experience for Undergraduate
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DIVErsity in Diving Program
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Resilient Interdisciplinary Social-Ecological Fellowship Program
Explore our Opportunities
Explore our Opportunities
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Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research
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Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research
Marine Science Institute
Marine Science Institute


Other opportunities at UC Santa Barbara

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The Promise Scholars Program

The Promise Scholar program at UC Santa Barbara empowers high-achieving, first generation students from low-income households.

Learn more about the Promise Scholars Program

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Gorman Scholar Program

The Gorman Scholars Program provides UCSB undergraduates across all STEM majors with an opportunity to receive invaluable mentoring from faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students mentors while pursuing innovative interdisciplinary research projects.

Learn more about the Gorman Scholar Program



Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science
The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science at the University of California Santa Barbara is a multidisciplinary program bringing together marine faculty from across campus to train the next generation of oceanographers and marine scientists.

Learn more about IGPMS

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The CAMP Program

The CAMP program (California Alliance for Minority Participation) provides resources and research internship opportunities to UCSB undergraduates in STEM who identify as an under-represented minority.  The program is part of the UC statewide CAMP program. CAMP has several programs including Summer and Academic year Research Internships, and the CAMP Scholars program that provides support towards successful completion of a degree in STEM.

Learn more about the CAMP Program

Education and Outreach

Hands-on experience with the natural environment

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The Research Experience & Education Facility

Oceans-to-Classrooms (O2C) and the REEF endeavour to provide “An Ocean View of the World” to people of all ages to increase science literacy and inspire environmental stewardship of our Ocean resources through education.

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Open Positions

Latest opportunities for an immersive involvement in Marine Science

Open Positions

Hatchery Technician

Graduate Position

Entity: Ocean Rainforest Inc.

The Hatchery Technician will be responsible for supporting the research and cultivation of laminarian seaweeds, specifically Giant Kelp. They will work in a small, diverse team to understand large-scale kelp cultivation systems and contribute knowledge for upscaling propagation, induction, and seeding of Giant kelp. 

To be successful in this role, the hatchery technician should have a strong understanding of marine biology and aquaculture principles, as well as knowledge of laboratory procedures and techniques. They should also possess good communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have the ability to work independently or as part of a team. A degree in marine biology or aquaculture-related field is preferred, but not always required. 

Paid: $50,000 - $60,000 depending on experience


Download the job flyer for more information.

Applicants should submit their CV and a letter of intent to: eliza@oceanrainforest.com 

Undergraduate Position

Entity: FUERTE

When: Summer 2023, Summer 2024, Summer 2025

Deadline: February 24, 2023

The FUERTE Program is geared towards undergraduates who are interested in environmental, marine, and conservation biology. FUERTE is specifically recruiting Freshmen who will be Sophomores when they begin the program. The overall goal of FUERTE is to help you develop the skills you need for a career in such sciences, areas that specifically involve fieldwork when doing the research. This program is a 3-year commitment, and includes 2 summers of paid research plus funds to cover living expenses.

For requirements and applications go to FUERTE

Join the FUERTE Team!
There is no cost to participate in FUERTE.

Paid: Yes

For questions regarding the program, please contact eemb-fuerteprogram@ucsb.edu

Riparian Restoration Assistants

Entity: Lambert Lab

When: Summer 2023

We are looking for motivated students interested in ecological field work—first timers welcome. Paid and internship positions are available for undergraduates to assist with a large ecological restoration project at the Cienega Springs Ecological Reserve in the Santa Clara River (Ventura County). Students will participate in all aspects of restoration including collecting, growing, and planting native plants, weed control, biological assessments, and related research data collection and analysis. Students will be expected to work 15–20 hours per week, split between greenhouse activities on campus and fieldwork at the reserve. Applicants must be able to lift 30 lb and tolerate working in hot conditions, as summer temperatures along the river often exceed 90 degrees. A valid driver's license and transportation (mileage paid) are helpful but not required.

Paid: two paid positions available, internship credit also available



To apply, students should send a brief email to Jared Williams, jaredwilliams@ucsb.edu, describing why they are interested in the project and any related experience they have. Resumes are encouraged but not required.

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Lauren Jennings


Special Exhibits Aquarist Intern

Lauren is a fifth year College of Creative Studies biology major from San Diego, CA. At The REEF, she helps lead our staff in maintaining the facility and keeping our animals happy and healthy. Outside of The REEF, she has interned at Coal Oil Point Reserve and the Culver lab.

Working at the REEF and in the Culver Lab has helped strengthen my global awareness, critical thinking, and leadership skills!

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