The Gunderson Family Student Research in Coastal Sustainability Fund supports undergraduate students engaging in coastal sustainability research during the summer at UC Santa Cruz.

Amount & use
Award amount: One award of $3,000 to go towards living expenses or research related costs at the student’s discretion

  • Please note: if you receive an award and are not enrolled in summer classes, the award amount will be paid to you through direct-pay. If you are enrolled in summer classes, this amount will instead be applied to your student account, which may impact financial aid. Please discuss specific questions regarding this with the financial aid office directly.
Eligibility & Requirements
  • Any undergraduate from any department who is registered and enrolled at UC Santa Cruz, in good academic standing, and will not graduate before the project is completed can apply
  • You must propose a research project relating to coastal science and sustainability
  • You must have a faculty mentor for your research project

If you have questions, please contact the awards manager at

Please find complete application instructions below.

**All award recipients will be required to provide a handwritten or typed thank-you note and complete a questionnaire for donor stewardship purposes and may be asked to participate in other recognition events. If for any reason you would be unable to participate in the recognition activities outlined above, we will work with you on an alternative.

For projects starting in summer or fall of 2024.

  • Student applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
  • Faculty recommendation forms are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1.
  • Awards will be announced the week of April 29th.
Selection criteria
  • Strength of research proposal (e.g., quality of writing, feasibility of project)
  • Strength of faculty recommendation
  • Student qualifications (e.g., prior experience, relevant coursework)
Past recipients


Alex Osleger (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)


Sharon Mulready (Earth & Planetary Sciences)


Anthony Mazzini (Earth & Planetary Sciences)

How to apply

Applications open November 1. Complete the application form by the stated deadline above. The application should be completed by the undergraduate and graduate students. Upon completion of the application, a faculty recommendation form will be sent to your faculty mentor. Read the deadlines above carefully.

Application form