Summer NSF Fellowships: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

SUST majors who have had some biology/environmental science classes are in a good position to apply for a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer fellowships, offered through generous funding by the National Science Foundation. These fellowships are excellent opportunities to work directly with scientific researchers on lab- and field-based topics, gain hands-on research experience, and network with fellow undergrads from other schools. Plus they’re well compensated with a fellowship stipend of several thousand dollars. (Yes — you read that correctly.)

Here in the Chicago region there are several notable REU programs that offer multiple paid fellowships, including those at the Field Museum of Natural History, the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of WI Milwaukee, and the Center for Ecology at Southern IL University in downstate Carbondale. Interested applicants should also check out the NSF’s REU Students website for access to dozens of fellowships opportunities across across the US.

Check individual program sites for 2014 application materials and deadlines,
which are usually in February or March.

Last summer, recent SUST grad Allison Breeding (BA ’13) won a fellowship at SIU’s Center for Ecology and studied agroecology in beautiful Southern Illinois; she blogged about her experiences here and presented an overview of her research at last October’s Sustainability Studies Student Symposium.

And way, way back in the late ’80s, SUST prof/director Mike Bryson did REU fellowships at the University of Michigan Biological Station (2014 deadline: Feb. 1st) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2014 deadline: Feb. 15th). Both are phenomenal places to spend a summer doing field-based research!

Want to learn more? Check out the links above! And remember: you can’t get one of these awesome fellowships unless you apply . . .

Allison Breeding working with soil samples in the lab at SIU during her summer research fellowship in 2013

Allison Breeding working with soil samples in the lab at SIU during her summer research fellowship in 2013

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