Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services (EcoREU)
Supported by the National Science Foundation
EcoREU 2024: May 18 - July 26, 2024
Application goes live January 2, 2024; Deadline: February 15, 2024 or until all positions are filled
Application materials needed: We use the REU common application. It allows you to apply for multiple REU programs and, thus, requires a short general personal statement (essay) that can be used to evaluate you by multiple programs. We require you to provide an additional short (5000 characters or less) EcoREU personal statement that specifically addresses why you want to participate in EcoREU. There will also be a space to submit an unofficial college transcript, a resume, and two references; you will provide their email contacts. The system will contact your references directly.
Application is live.
About the EcoREU Program
Undergraduate students who are interested in doing research about environmental systems or sustainability can apply to do the Research Experience for Undergraduates program with the University of Arkansas. The program will take place during the summer of 2022, in Fayetteville, AR. NO PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
This is a PAID position! Students will receive $6000 over the course of the summer, free food and housing, plus travel funds. Students will have access to laptops so that remote work can be completed if needed.
The EcoREU focuses on field- and lab-based research in areas such as water quality, sustainability, biofuels, agroecosystems, and more. Projects are supervised by university professors and vary from year-to-year based on the most current work conducted at the University of Arkansas and partnering universities.
During the 10-week program, students will get a crash course about ecosystem services,
conduct research with help and guidance from their advisor, and learn how to analyze
their data and share their results with peers and other researchers.
This program offers great opportunities for students to work through the scientific process, from developing a research question to writing reports and presenting results to the public.
Students will get to participate in weekly activities along with the REU peers and
mentors. Some weeks students will get to go on exciting adventures and field trips.
In past years, the REU group has explored King's River Falls (see pic below) and even
gone floating on the Buffalo National River, the first designated national river in
Students will make $5,500 over the course of the summer and get FREE room and board, plus a travel allowance.
The NSF REU program provides specific opportunities for Native American students to gain critical experience in developing and conducting scientific research. This program includes partnerships with Tribal governments to enhance the relevance and impact of research to local ecosystem management programs.
For other REU programs offered by the University, visit reu.uark.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fayetteville summers are hot! Pack accordingly. You may be spending time in the field for your research, so bring old pants and shirts, tennis shoes or hiking boots. Bring a swim suit too. Every summer the participants try to take a trip or two to enjoy a scenic river/lake in Arkansas.
Dr. Kusum Naithani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Biological Sciences, SCEN 601
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701