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Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Urban Water Sustainability

Urban Water Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates

Where: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

When: 9 weeks over Summer 2021 (May 28 to July 30)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Students are paid a $600/week stipend along with free housing, food stipend, travel allowance to/from Tampa, FL, and a travel allowance to present their research at a national conference.

REU participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

COVID-19 provisions: if travel to USF is not possible due to the continuation of travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the REU will be offered online although applicants may be moved to research projects that can be hosted remotely. 

For the Summer of 2021, USF has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host eight undergraduate students who will be starting their junior or senior years in Fall 2021 to work on an interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focusing on Urban Water Sustainability (UWS). The students accepted into the program will be paired in a team and work with research mentors on specific topics that address environmental concerns related to UWS.

The REU consists of 5 components, 1-4 occuring during the 9 week summer REU and the fifth in the following spring:

  1. mentored research project
  2. research method course
  3. a short course on water sustainability
  4. experiential learning field trips
  5. all REU undergraduates presenting their findings at one regional or national conference in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 depending on conference

There will be 4 research projects as part of this REU:

  • Project 1: The Seasonal Flux of Contaminants into Lakes and Groundwater | Faculty mentors: Dr. Philip van Beynen and Dr. Kamal Alsharif
  • Project 2: Arsenic Mobilization | Faculty mentor: Dr. Sarina Ergas
  • Project 3: Oil Spill Modelling | Faculty mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Cunningham
  • Project 4: Exploring Water and Sanitation Insecurity | Faculty mentor: Dr. Christian Wells


Click here to view the application instructions. 

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