The primary goal of the SURFO Program is aimed at attracting and retaining undergraduates into professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
The secondary goal is to expose students to the field of Oceanography as a potential career opportunity.
A tertiary goal is to pair students with faculty in graduate school at oceanographic institutions, especially GSO/URI.
Over the years, the SURFO Program has been very successful in achieving these goals, as indicated by the brief list of summary statistics presented below:
- Over 360 SURFO participants since 1985 (~9-13 each year).
- 59% of past SURFOs attended graduate school in a MS program and 38 % obtained a PhD degree.
- 1-2 of the SURFOs from each year attend graduate school at GSO.
- ~60% of the SURFO participants are female.
SURFO participants and their advisors are encouraged to publish the results of their summer research in peer-reviewed journals:
All SURFO papers generated at the end of each summer session are published in a GSO Technical Report. Digital copies are available from 2000 to 2006, and from 2011 to present:
Presentations at Meetings
SURFO participants are heartily encouraged to present their summer research at regional or national meetings:
Current and Past Participants
Below is a listing of all the past SURFO participants, project titles, and advisors since 1986.