Research Experience for Undergraduates – EcoREU

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Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services (EcoREU)

Supported by the National Science Foundation

Program Dates: May 22- July 28, 2017

The application period for the 2017 program has ended.

About the 2017 EcoREU Program

The University of Arkansas (UA) is conducting a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) during the summer of 2017 for up to 10 undergraduates who are interested in research in developing metrics for ecosystem services and sustainability.

This REU focuses on field- and lab-based research in areas ranging from water quality and urban spring ecology to animal agriculture sustainability. Projects are supervised by university professors and vary from year-to-year based on the most current work being conducted at the University of Arkansas and partnering universities.

This unique program represents a collaborative effort across several UA Colleges and Departments. Students will conduct research in small program teams and will participate in weekly activities as a cohort group with other REU students across the UA campus.

The NSF REU program provides specific opportunities for Native American students to gain critical experience in developing and conducting scientific research. This program includes partnerships with Tribal governments to enhance the relevance and impact of research to local ecosystem management programs.

This 10-week residence program consists of an Ecosystem Services immersion course (one week), a Research Experience (8 weeks), and an intensive Data Analysis and Report Writing course (one week). All projects will result in a student-sourced manuscript and formal presentation at the REU Symposium at the end of July. Funding from NSF provides for each student with room and board at the University of Arkansas in addition to a $500 weekly stipend and a travel allowance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students chosen to participate in the REU program will have the opportunity to rank their top three project options. Then the projects will be assigned based on those preferences. When there is a conflict, the faculty advisors will assign students to the project for which they are most qualified.

The program lasts for 10 weeks during the period from late-May to early-August. In order to make the program accessible to students from various types of institutions, an attempt is made to schedule the program to in a way that will minimize conflicts with most college and university semester schedules--including traditional and quarterly setups.

During the REU, students will be provided on-campus housing and a meal plan at no cost to the student. If a student chooses to live off-campus, the REU will provide a living allowance in addition to the regular stipend that each student receives. Additionally, students choosing to live off-campus must make their own arrangements; the REU is not responsible for arrangements that ultimately do not work out. If in doubt about the viability of securing a summer-only off-campus lease, for example, it's recommended that the students live on-campus in the dorms.

Fayetteville summers are hot! Pack accordingly. You may be spending time in the field for your research, so bring old pants and shirts, tennis shoes or hiking boots. Bring a swim suit too. Every summer the participants try to take a trip or two to enjoy a scenic river/lake in Arkansas.

Fayetteville, AR features many shops, restaurants, parks, and nightlife. See our University Visitor's Guide for specifics and a list of fun free things to do.

No. Participants are expected to attend each and every scheduled REU event. The reality is that taking a course while also engaged in this intensive REU would leave a student without time to fully commit to either responsibility.

Each REU participant will complete a manuscript detailing his or her work and will also present findings at an expo-style event on campus. One of the primary goals of the program is for the project manuscript to lead to publication in a peer-reviewed journal--an impressive but attainable goal for an undergraduate researcher.

Students in the REU are considered full-time, 40-hours-per-week researchers. Students work under a supervisor that will fine-tune individual schedules based on practical logistics, but, in most cases, students should expect to be in the field, in the lab, or in the library from roughly 9am to 5pm daily. Throughout the summer, students will have days off for social outings or other REU-sponsored events such as guest lectures. Students will NEVER be required to work overtime but will absolutely be expected to manage their time efficiently in order to meet deadlines.

Contact Us

Dr. Michelle Evans-White,
Department of Biological Sciences, SCEN 601
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: 479-575-4706