The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  The posting will be open for applications on December 1, 2017.  Application deadline is February 23, 2018  We are looking for 10 Biology REU students and 2 Art in Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2018.

This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Art, and Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, toastmasters, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research on the refuge. Science students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge will present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in August 2018. 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. 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.

The 2 Art  in Ecology REU projects available for 2018 are:

  1. Research, develop, plan, and create several multimedia products for use by REU Program, Sevilleta NWR, and/or Sevilleta Field Station for outreach on social media websites. Specifically, experience making educational videos and interest in making time lapse videos from old photography would be preferred.
  2. Create 2D ecology-based educational materials such as: t-shirt designs and pairing visual educational outreach material with text (posters, educational field guides, fictional books, etc.).

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 $5500 and a $500 food allowance during the 10-week summer program that will run from May 28 – August 3.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $600 (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 the start of Summer 2018. 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.