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SPUR Fellowship: Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program REU

The Centeral Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Site at Arizona State University is a partner research site with the SPUR Fellowship. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to develop a question for your stufy, write a proposal, develop the methodology, conduct the study, and analyze results, thereby concluding a mini-thesis by the time you complete your summer. You may also have the opportunity to present your research on-site at the end of the summer. Regardless of your research focus, you may also have the opportunity to assist and implement site-based outreach activities to develop your skills in planning and executing events and educational programs.  Additional career development activities are also provided at most locations. Learn more about the SPUR Fellowship: http://esa.org/seeds/fellowship/.

Description: The REU experience in the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) program is structured to be a learning opportunity for undergraduate students to work with CAP senior scientists on urban ecology research projects in the greater Phoenix area. REU students take responsibility for a research project and are expected to produce a research poster and possibly to co-author a paper within a year of completing their experience. Past REU students have worked on a range of research projects: soils in residential landscapes, the urban heat island and vegetation, residents’ attitudes about vegetation and birds, arthropod communities in urban and desert patches, and nutrient cycling in wetlands, retention basins, and floodplains. All projects build off of CAP’s long-term research in the Phoenix area and involve students in gathering and analyzing data to answer research questions. Many projects involve both field and lab work. REU students also gain an opportunity to work with senior graduate students and engage in peer to peer learning with other undergraduate students. Learn more about the CAP LTER REU: http://esa.org/seeds/asu/.

Location: Tempe, AZ

Start and End dates: 5/9/2017 – 8/8/2017

Fellowship positions available: 2

Are the dates flexible? Yes

Eligibility and Requirements: GPA 3.0 and above

Other restrictions: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Summer Stipend: $4,000 total

Other services provided: Housing is provided. Air fare/ mileage is provided. Ground transportation on site is provided if needed. Research materials or equipment are provided. We have career development / awareness activities in place.

To apply: see application guidelines and apply at http://esa.org/seeds/fellowship/

Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2017.