The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) of the University of Texas at Austin hosts an NSF-funded program during the summer of 2017 for undergraduates interested in environmental science research. Students will be trained in laboratory and field methods applied to studies of global change and its impacts and will work on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Project areas are interdisciplinary and encompass the fields of chemistry, biology, ecology, urban ecology, policy, civil engineering, and geological sciences. Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. Students will also participate in field excursions related to scientific research. These 1-2 day activities may require physical exertion involving hiking, caving, camping, and/or boat rides in hot and humid weather. The summer program will conclude with a research poster session and open house.
Summer research will be in one of three major themes:
- Reconstructing past climatic impacts on hydrologic and soil systems
- Climate impacts on ecosystems
- Energy-water nexus and infrastructure adaptations.
Each REU student will be part of a separate Faculty Research Project headed by a faculty mentor, but all will come together regularly for cross-cohort seminars and field experiences and to examine and participate in the projects of REU colleagues.
Each research project is designed to be completed during the summer, but all research leads to larger questions, and it’s strongly encouraged that REU students continue their research beyond the scope of the summer.
Thinking of applying? Check out the descriptions of the 2017 Faculty Research Projects.