The Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program partners each student with a Sevilleta LTER faculty/staff mentor to develop and conduct independent summer research on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR). During the course of the summer, students live at the the UNM Sevilleta Field Research Station and gain broadly-based training in field oriented ecological research in Chihuahuan Desert ecosystems.
The Sevilleta LTER has funding for summer interns. The summer program includes a seminar series, a journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, and optional field trips. Interns will work with researchers at the Sevilleta collecting data, setting up field experiments, collecting and sorting biomass and taking apart old field experiments.
The Sevilleta LTER program has allocated funds to support a number of graduate student summer fellowships every year. Stipends are awarded to UNM and non-UNM graduate students that use Sevilleta LTER field sites as their primary research sites. The summer projects do not necessarily have to be part of current Sevilleta LTER research projects, but priority will be given to work that compliments and potentially enhances ongoing LTER research. The summer fellowships may be used for any category of expenditure (e.g., salary, materials/supplies, equipment, and/or travel, including travel to a scientific meeting to present SEV-related research results), but not for purchase of computers or major research equipment.
The Sevillta LTER Schoolyard program brings science education to students from over 40 New Mexico schools by way of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP). BEMP uses volunteers (mainly K-12 teachers adn their students) to monitoring key indicators of structural adn functional change in endagered Middle Rio Grande riparian forest. Started with fewer than 200 students in 1997, BEMP now has over 2,000 students participating in field data collection, lab processing, and follow-on classroom activities.