NSF REU Site: Wetland Science in a Modern World May 24 - August 02, 2021 Application Deadline is March 14, 2021 Wetlands are among the most functionally important ecosystems on Earth. However, wetlands are impacted by anthropogenic activities at a variety of spatiotemporal scales, including changes in land use, pollution, invasive species, and global climate change. NGRREC’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, “Wetland Science in a Modern World,” is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our REU program focuses on a modern integrative approach to studying wetlands using recent technological and theoretical developments with a goal of unifying wetland science across scales. Each year, eight students, primarily from schools with limited research opportunities or from under-represented groups, will be trained in the program. Each student will be assigned to one or several mentors and their laboratories, depending on whether the focus of their project spans one or multiple laboratories, where the student works closely with the faculty mentor(s) and their post-doctoral associates and graduate students. Students will conduct research at NGRREC’s state-of-the-art field station in Alton, IL and local field sites situated at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers. They will gain experience in research project design, field and lab-based research methods, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results at an in-house symposium. Applicants must be current undergraduates who will not graduate before August 2021. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (NSF requirement). Selection is based on academic standing and matching of each students’ background and interests with the program. The program will provide: A living stipend of $6,000 A housing stipend of $1,300 A meal allowance of $1,000 Relocation assistance (reimbursement for travel to and from East Alton, IL) Because the REU experience is an full-time intensive ten-week program, REU participants are not allowed to take classes during the program. More information about the application process. Please contact the program coordinator Sarah Fisher (NGGREC’s) at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, or the PI (Dr. Anthony Dell at email@example.com) or the co-PI (Dr. Jason Knouft at firstname.lastname@example.org) We plan to conduct this program with in-person assignments. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may become necessary to operate remotely. We will follow state and local guidelines and update procedures as more information is available.