Research Experience for Undergraduates

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 


The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) of the University of Texas at Austin will host a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on sustainable urban systems titled “Inclusive Student Training in Rapidly Urbanizing Climate-sensitive Terrains (InSTRUCT)” during the summer of 2022 for undergraduates interested in environmental science research. There will be an informational session on January 13, 2022 at 11am CST. Register for the session here.


Program Dates: Monday, May 30 – Friday, August 5, 2022
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022


WHY CONDUCT RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN SYSTEMS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS?

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Research Program student preparing a dissolved calcite sample in the Isotope Geochemistry Clean Lab.

More than 80% of the US population currently lives in urban areas and it is estimated that by 2030, 80-90% of the global population will live in cities. The summer research program focuses on challenges that are unique to rapidly urbanizing climate-sensitive terrains. Urban systems are complex and significant in terms of their impact on the environment, the economy, and societal functioning. In spite of the unprecedented rapid rate of urbanization in the 21st century, we do not have a sufficient understanding of the natural, social, and engineered processes and feedbacks within urban systems that are required to better plan for their sustainable growth. To address this knowledge deficit, we must design research that integrates perspectives across the disciplines traditionally represented by the natural, social, and engineered subsystems of urban centers.

WHY STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN?

UT Austin is home to top faculty and researchers in the area of global change research, and ESI brings together UT researchers from a variety of disciplines to build connections between scientific and policy fields related to the environment in the area of Global Change, thereby giving program participants a broad perspective on the state of climate change science and impacts. This also means that undergraduates in the program conduct environmental research that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and participants are encouraged to tackle these multidimensional environmental issues with this unique, interdisciplinary perspective. ESI’s summer research program offers: (1) an engaging research experience, (2) the excitement of scientific inquiry, (3) professional development opportunities, (4) research communication workshops and symposia, and (5) an expanded perspective on graduate school and a career in science.

PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS SUMMER PROGRAMS

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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