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Rainfed Agriculture Innovation Network Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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Over-reliance on winter wheat monoculture is a key challenge limiting the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems, resulting in low precipitation and nitrogen use efficiencies, severe weed pressure, and declining soil health. The RAIN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focuses on adaptive management in water-limited production systems. The program aims to train future engineers and scientists with the skills and perspective necessary to address some of the world?s future food and fiber needs.

RAIN REU participants will contribute to collaborative, inter-disciplinary research projects relating to rainfed agricultural production. Research spans all methods and aims to sustainably increase the productivity of rainfed agricultural systems in the SGP and while restoring and enhancing soil health, including:

- Agricultural (soil carbon sequestration, increasing precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency, reducing yield losses due to environmental stresses and weed pressure, etc.);

- Technological (use of sensors and modeling to enhance long-term strategic management and in-season tactical management; and

- Socioeconomic (impacts on communities, economic viability).

In the RAIN REU participants will:

- Produce an original research project with one or multiple faculty members in different academic departments (see sidebar);

- Participate in field and classroom experiences where you?ll learn about laboratory operations; data analytics; agricultural production; supply chain dynamics; and graduate education;

- Receive training on conducting research and reporting results;

- Participate in organized social events with other REU students, graduate students, and faculty members.

Application Deadline: 2/20/2020
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Program Dates: 5/27/2020 - 7/31/2020

Participating Institution(s):
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Kansas State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Agricultural Engineering
Crop & Soil Sciences
Geological Sciences
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences
Sensor Science & Engineering
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems
STEM Fields

Big Data Science
Computational Modeling
Microbial Biology
Plant Physiology
Remote Sensing
Rural Sociology
Soil Science
Sustainable Agriculture
Technology Transfer

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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