2014 Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is March 10, 2014 .  We are looking for 10 Biology REU and 2 Art in Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2014. 

This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train up to 12 undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Art, Biology, Ecology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, fieldtrips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research on the refuge. Science students will conduct independent research at the Sevilleta and Art students will create original art pieces, and both groups will present their projects at the annual symposium. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. A goal of the program is to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented minorities, pursuing careers in the bio-geosciences. The program's goal is to increase exposure to a large, multidisciplinary research program, inspire students to continue into professional careers, and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be a scientist, along with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research. 

Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5000 during the 11-week summer program May 28 - August 8.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $500 (stipulations apply).

Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by Summer 2014. We welcome applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students must be U.S. Citizens.