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 Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Science Center, the University of WI Madison researching “The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy“, and the Center for Ecology at Southern IL University in downstate Carbondale.
Further afield, check out this opportunity at Rutgers University Newark entitled “Dynamic Urban Environmental Systems and Sustainability in Newark, NJ,” from June 1 to July 29, 2016 (deadline: Feb. 15th) which offers free housing in addition to a $4,000 stipend; and the opportunities at the University of Michigan Biological Station (2016 deadline: Feb. 1st) and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory (2016 deadline: Feb. 15th). Both are phenomenal places to spend a summer doing field-based research!
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 2015 application materials and deadlines,
which are usually in February or March.
In summer 2012, 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 the October 2013 Sustainability Studies Student Symposium.
Want to learn more? Check out the links above! And remember: you can’t get one of these awesome fellowships unless you apply . . .