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STEPS Research Experience for Undergraduates and Research Experience for Future Farmers

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center will support 15 students for ten weeks during the summer through a multi-institutional Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students will begin the summer together at a one-week orientation/boot-camp. Here, students will learn more about the Center and the wicked problem of phosphorus sustainability. Students will also get hands-on time in different lab settings.

During the remaining nine weeks, students will work on independent research projects within the Center under the mentorship of STEPS Scholars and faculty. Students will be placed on projects that align with their research and career interests at one of the STEPS academic institutions. In addition to research projects in STEPS laboratories, all REU participants will learn skills in convergence research through a collaborative cohort project.

Considering the long-term nature of the STEPS '25-in-25' vision, at least five REU positions are targeted for applicants who indicate future career plans in farming or related agricultural professions, forming a Research Experience for Future Farmers (REF) track within the program. REF-track participants will be placed in labs/projects supportive of their interests, be co-mentored by a research mentor and an agricultural extension faculty member, and be provided opportunities to present farmer perspectives to the REU cohort.

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and be a US Citizen or permanent resident. We encourage applicants from a variety of disciplines including but not limited to chemistry, environmental engineering, materials science, computer science, plant sciences, biochemistry, economics, sociology, and biology. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

All participants will receive a $6,000 stipend in addition to on-campus housing and travel to the host institution.

Participating Institution(s):
This program has 10 participating institutions.
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Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Agricultural Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Sciences
Crop & Soil Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences

Agriculture Economics
Biological & Chemical Sensors
Geospatial Modeling
Materials Chemistry
Plant Genetics
Social & Organizational Networks
Soil Science
Sustainable Agriculture
Wastewater Treatment & Reuse

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

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