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Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

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The REU Program at UMBS offers undergraduate students a rare opportunity to design, conduct, analyze, and present their own mentored research addressing some aspect of the program theme, “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region”. Students are involved with all phases of their research project, from hypothesis formulation and experimental design to data gathering, analysis, and interpretation, concluding with both written and oral communication of their scientific findings. Our students feel like researchers rather than research assistants.

Each student receives extensive hands-on mentoring from a research committee consisting of an established UMBS researcher as the primary mentor and the two program co-directors, Dave Karowe and Steve Bertman (a global change ecologist and an atmospheric chemist) to help provide an interdisciplinary perspective.

Students also benefit from additional “Perspective Broadening Activities”, including content and skill building workshops (on topics ranging from climate change and atmospheric processes to success in graduate school and career pathways), evening research seminars, a weekly reading/discussion group, and social events. As a consequence of all these shared experiences, our REU students develop a strong and lasting sense of belonging to a cohort of bright, dedicated, and thoughtful young scientists.

•Tentative Summer Calendar

•Program Overview

•Sample Workshop Handout

Duration: The REU program runs for nine weeks.

Compensation: REU students receive a stipend of $5,000, $600 for travel expenses, $500 for research supplies, and full room and board at UMBS.

Eligibility: Applicants should have at least sophomore status in fall term. Seniors with a graduation date before August usually are not eligible.

Participants also must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. In keeping with the priorities of UMBS and NSF to diversify the academic workforce, students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on February 15 and will continue until all slots are filled.
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Application Deadline: 2/15/2022

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

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

Aquatic Ecology
Atmospheric Chemistry
Climate Change
Environmental Biology
Evolutionary Ecology
Invasive Species

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

Page last updated 11/14/2021
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