The University of Toledo seeks students for our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, “Addressing Environmental Challenges and Proposing Sustainable Solutions at the Lake Erie Land-Lake Interface”. We are seeking 10 students to join our team from May 24 - July 30, 2021. Students will work in laboratories at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center, Main Campus, and Health Science Campus either remotely or in person. Due to the continued pandemic, we anticipate customizing the REU experience for each student and faculty combination to come up with the most suitable format. Options may include an entirely remote format (no travel to Toledo), partially remote format (some travel to Toledo), or a traditional on campus format.
Students will address complex challenges at the land-lake interface to understand how natural resource use impacts biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and public health, with the goal of advancing environmental sustainability. Students will be paired with faculty and graduate student mentors from the Departments of Environmental Sciences, Geography and Planning, Public Health, Medicine or Engineering, and will conduct independent research in ecology, limnology, remote sensing, medicine, public health, or engineering. Experiences will introduce students to the diverse habitats and ecological challenges facing Lake Erie, and students will receive training in research ethics, experimental design, data analysis, writing scientific papers and applying to graduate school. Students will write a final report and present their research at a public poster gala.
Applications will be accepted from students in any relevant major to research harmful algal blooms, water quality, invasive species, natural communities, habitats, land use and nutrients.
Rising juniors and seniors are preferred, rising sophomores will also be considered. Students must not have graduated before the start of the Summer 2020 term. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents.
Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, veterans, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply. Students will be selected based on academic excellence, a letter of reference, and a demonstrated interest in environmental issues. Students will be matched with a mentor based on indicated preference for research areas.