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Welcome to RIPTIDES!

The Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of InterDisciplinary Estuarine Scientists (RIPTIDES) program is funded by a National Science Foundation Research Trainee (NRT) award. The program is designed to earn students a Master of Science (MS) degree in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science (IMES).  SF State’s innovative new graduate training program is currently based at the Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center (formerly the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)). We invite you to become a skilled scientist with the ability to work across traditional boundaries. Many of the environmental problems we confront today in the coastal zone and at sea involve much more than science, they are interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to science, they may involve law, governance, ethics, public health, environmental and social justice, economics and more. Cultivating strong communication, collaboration and leadership skills are becoming increasingly important to working scientists and other professionals. We need to be able to work well together in teams with a diversity of skills and perspectives to successfully address the complex environmental problems of the coastal zone. RIPTIDES will help you cultivate these skills, in parallel with your scientific skills. The RIPTIDES MS program combines coursework, an interdisciplinary research experience and a professional internship to graduate MS students adept at working at the interface of science and society. 

$34,000 Fellowship Opportunity

All students accepted into the RIPTIDES MS program will be eligible for a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) fellowship award during their second year. For each cohort admitted into the program ten students will be awarded NRT fellowships with a full support package of $34,000 plus full in-state SF State tuition during the second year of the program. Fellowship awards will be announced upon acceptance into the program, but are contingent upon students meeting academic benchmarks during their first year, including maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5, and completing a research prospectus acceptable to the student's MS Committee. RIPTIDES students without NRT fellowships and first-year fellows may also be supported by individual faculty members' research grants and departmental teaching assistantships.

Program Elements

  1. Courses and workshops integrated to provide a comprehensive overview of global change impacts on urbanized coastal areas, as well as professional and communication skills; 
  2. A professional internship with a policy, management or public education organization so that students experience firsthand how organizations outside of academia use scientific information;
  3. An independent research project on a topic germane to the research fields that form the intellectual core of RIPTIDES participating faculty;
  4. A teaching experience through a teaching assistantship (or another approved teaching experience); and
  5. Dedicated advising sessions and established benchmarks throughout the program to support student success and professional development. 

Program Timeline