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Lake Champlain REU Program: Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem

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Our 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program will provide ten undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of humans in the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students will participate in an interdisciplinary cooperative model that promotes integrated thinking across disciplines within and between the natural and social sciences.

Our team-based approach will pair up students working on independent research in different disciplines, with each student serving as an assistant to their teammate, fostering deeper and broader connections across disciplines. For example, a student testing hypotheses about the relative importance of external and internal sources of phosphate for harmful algal bloom dynamics (HABs) in Lake Champlain might team with a student testing hypotheses about the impacts of HABs on property values, thus linking natural and social sciences through linked ecological and societal processes.

Students will also develop their professional skills and prepare for a career in science through our "Thinking Like A Scientist" Program, weekly journal club, and weekly "after hours" seminar on career paths.

All full-time undergraduate students with an anticipated graduation date after June 2014 are encouraged to apply, including high school seniors entering undergraduate study in 2014. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students from institutions with limited research opportunities and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Vermont (UVM) is located in Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, with an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population. Our REU program is based out of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory on the shores of Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington. Students will work with faculty mentors from across the UVM campus and nearby St. Michael?s College.

Burlington is centrally located in the Champlain Valley, nestled between the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondack Mountains to the west, and conveniently located just hours from Boston, New York City, and Montreal. The Burlington area offers an abundance of recreational activities including biking, camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, and boating, and a rich cultural life including food, music, dance, farmers? Markets, theater, a vibrant waterfront, and the famous Church Street Marketplace. The area also has an extensive public bus system to which REU students will have free access.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Vermont (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ecology & Evolution
Natural Resources

Ecosystem Science
Environmental Economics
Social & Organizational Networks

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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