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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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.

Explore The REEF

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Field-based Undergraduate Engagement through Research, Teaching, and Education

FUERTE is a program designed to build your foundation to succeed at the university, and to develop the skills you need for a career in conservation and environmental sciences, areas that specifically involve fieldwork when doing the research.
FUERTE is meant to welcome and support students who are traditionally under-represented in these fields, especially Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and first-generation undergraduates.

Explore FUERTE



Research Experience for Undergraduates

Many MSI researchers and UCSB faculty have research opportunities associated with their research labs. Please see below for opportunities.

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Santa Barbara Coastal Term Ecological Research

SBC’s undergraduate education program includes research and science education experiences through mentoring by graduate students, postdocs, research staff and investigators.

Explore the SBC LTER


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

Open Positions

Latest opportunities for an immersive involvement in Marine Science

Open Positions

Arnhold Environmental Undergraduate Fellow

Entity: Conservation International

When: Spring 2022, Summer 2022

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Ideal candidates for this position would be an undergraduate student with interest in marine science. Responsibility will include:

  • Collecting data (ex. MPA implementation date, what activities are permitted within the MPA) related to marine protected areas from online sources
  • Participating in meetings with emLab and CI leadership, researchers, and staff

During this opportunity, the fellows will be able to gain experience working with environmental data, see how an interdisciplinary environmental research group operates, and gain practical knowledge of marine protection, environmental markets, and solutions-driven research.

Apply for this position via Handshake with either the: a) job number – 6399522; b) job title –Arnhold Environmental Undergraduate Fellow: Innovative Blue Water Marine Protected Area (BWMPA) Design, Implementation and Enforcement; or c) employer – Marine Science Institute.

In your application package, please include the following:

  1. Your resume
  2. A short cover letter (no longer than one page) that includes information on (a) any relevant work or volunteer experience that relates to the responsibilities and qualifications above and (b) your interest in marine science and conservation (c) if applicable, any information on demonstrated hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or how your participation would enhance diversity in the environmental sciences.

Paid: Yes, $16/hr

For questions, please contact Jennifer Bone, jebone@ucsb.edu.

Riparian Restoration Assistants

Entity: Lambert Lab

When: Summer 2022

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 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. 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 their application materials to alambert@ucsb.edu

Entity: Marine Science Institute

When: Summer 2022, Winter 2022

Deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2022 by midnight

We are seeking 1 undergraduate-level Research Assistant (RA) to work full-time this summer
(40 hrs/week at $17/hr, plus fringe benefits at 2.3%) and part-time during the academic year
(8 hrs/week at $17/hour). You will be doing social science research that examines how children
access marine ecosystems and perceive the importance of these ecosystems to their wellbeing.
Work will be fast-paced and independent. Creative and critical problem solving skills are
Summer and academic year of 2022, with the possibility to extend through summer 2023 and/or 2023-24 academic year (pending funding).

Paid: $17/hour (average 4-8 hrs/week)

If you have questions, please contact Tammy Elwell

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Josie Spiegelman


Program Coordinator Intern

Josie is a second year Japanese & environmental studies double major from Mill Valley. Her position as an intern at the REEF is vital in coordinating programs and scheduling our team of undergrads. In the fall, you can find Josie playing on UCSB’s Club Field Hockey team.

When I was first hired at the REEF I was instantly presented with opportunities to succeed and work with amazing mentors. Being able to work on my professional development while also connecting with other motivated and hardworking undergraduates has truly helped me to find my place here at UCSB.

Josie Spiegelman