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Research Experience for Undergraduates Site on Sustainable Land and Water Resources

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This REU introduces undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices. Research teams are hosted on two Native American reservations and at the University of Minnesota and projects are developed in collaboration with the tribes’ resource management divisions. The REU incorporates an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods, Indigenous and community-based research methods, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Projects take place on the main campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota; and at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Students in Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Mathematics, and related disciplines are invited to apply.

The REU encourages participation by underrepresented students and students who are unsure about how they fit into the world of science to pursue STEM careers. The REU develops unique rigorous scientific research projects that are place-based, meaningful, and that are the product of an intensive collaboration with Native American communities. This REU supports students in ways that go far beyond a typical REU, and takes place at three different and geographically dispersed sites (Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus; and the reservation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, with students living and working at the U of Minnesota, Duluth). The REU encourages all students to apply, including Native Americans, students from other groups underrepresented in the sciences, men and women, nontraditional students, parents, veterans, and students with disabilities. Students who are not able to come and participate at one of our sites can apply to participate remotely.

Participants receive of stipend of $6000 for the summer (10 weeks).

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Minnesota (Lead)
Salish Kootenai College
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Natural Resources
Urban Planning & Design

Community & Regional Development
Earth System Science
Fish Biology
Fluvial Geomorphology
River Systems
Stream Ecology
Sustainable Development
Urban Environmental Sustainability

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

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