Program Logistics

  • Important Dates
  • Student Stipend
  • Housing
  • Travel

Important Dates

Application Deadline. To receive full consideration for the SURFO program, all application materials should be received by February 21st. We may continue to process and review application materials received after the deadline, but your best chance of being accepted into the program is to apply early.

Acceptance Notification. Most applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program by April 1st. Final official notification of acceptance or rejection will occur by April 15th.

SURFOs in action

SURFOs in action

Program Dates. The SURFO program has a 10-week duration that begins the first full week of June and finishes at the end of the second week in August. In some special circumstances, some degree of flexibility may be allowed for the start and end dates, up to one week, as long as the 10-week program is completed.
– June 1st – August 7th in 2015
– June 6th – August 12th in 2016
– June 5th – August 11th in 2017

Student Stipend
Students receive a stipend of $5500 for the 10-week program. Additional funds are provided for housing. Partial to full reimbursement for travel is provided.

Housing is available for the participants in two large houses (a duplex at 17 Clara Lane (each with four bedrooms) and a raised ranch at 36 Clara (with six bedrooms) in a residential setting of Narragansett within 1.4 mile of the Narragansett Bay Campus (GSO). Students are welcome to seek alternate housing options at their own expenses, but most participants feel the housing we offer is preferred to dorm rooms six miles away on main campus or other options.surfo_house

Travel to GSO. The Graduate School of Oceanography is easily accessible via plane, train, and automobile.

  • By Plane – T. F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence (actually Warwick) is located about 20 minutes from the Bay Campus by car.
  • By Train – The Kingston, RI station (KIN) for AMTRAK is located only 15 minutes from the Bay Campus by car.
  • By Automobile – Interstate 95 runs right through the middle of Rhode Island and the Bay Campus is a quick 20-30 minutes off the interstate.

Travel while at GSO. The Graduate School of Oceanography is located in a residential, almost rural, setting. Therefore, most travel in the region is accomplished by car.

Public Transportation (RIPTA) is available, but on a limited basis.

Travel to/from the Bay Campus from the SURFO houses is easily done by walking, biking, or driving (there is ample free parking).

A few small markets, several restaurants and other services are within walking/biking distance from the SURFO houses. Although not necessary, a car does facilitate activities and major grocery shopping.