We would like to draw your attention to a summer NSF REU program in Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health held at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). We would greatly appreciate it if you would consider sharing this opportunity with your students and have included a flyer for posting and circulating. Our program is unique in that students have an outstanding opportunity to gain both field and lab experience working on the Savannah River Site. The list of research themes for 2020 can be found at: https://srel-reu.uga.edu/themes.html. Examples of research projects conducted by past REUs can be found at: https://srel-reu.uga.edu/alumni.html. Students do not need prior research experience and while we can accept any year student we strongly encourage applications from sophomores. We are also particularly interested in recruiting students from institutions with limited opportunities to participate in research in STEM disciplines.
We have now graduated four cohorts of students through our REU program (formerly in Radioecology) and it has been a great success. We focus our recruitment efforts in the southeastern U.S. to facilitate follow-on activities between students and mentors. This has been an effective approach as demonstrated by our students’ accomplishments that include co-authored peer-reviewed publications and presentations and posters given at regional, national or international conferences. In addition, 14 students have enrolled in or been accepted to graduate programs (including 4 at SREL) and many have been hired as research technicians (including 8 at SREL).
Please note that our proposal to renew the program is currently under review. However, in anticipation of renewed funding, we are currently soliciting applications for Summer 2020. Thank you for your assistance and please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.