Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at UB – Apply by March 1st

The Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at the University at Buffalo (UB) is a ten-week program running from May to August.   ERIE-REU participants are involved in one of a variety of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that promote student interactions with multiple investigators within the theme of ecosystem restoration. Combining laboratory and field experimentation with mathematical modeling and simulation, research focuses in three areas: restoration of groundwater resources; restoration of lakes, rivers, and aquatic systems; and engineering for sustainability.


Program Dates: May 28 to August 8, 2014 (10 weeks) Website: Application Deadline: March 1,

2014 Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2014 Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The ERIE-REU, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research on a diverse array of projects related to ecological restoration of aquatic systems.

Applicants need not be enrolled at the University at Buffalo.


Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through fall of the following year. Accepted student are generally at least sophomores and graduating seniors are not eligible. The program does not have a GPA requirement; however, accepted students generally have at least a 3.0 GPA. We also look for students who are the best fit for that summer’s research projects (to view tentative 2014 summer research projects click here).

Application Process

Please read and follow the instructions carefully. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be fully completed by March 1, 2014 to be eligible for consideration.

  1. Fill out online application form:
  2. Transcripts. A copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) must be uploaded in the application form. If you are selected, an offical transcript may be required to finalize your acceptance to the program.
  3. Letters of recommendation. Applicants must provide two (2) letters of recommendation from college/university faculty. You will list your referees in the application form and they will be sent instructions on how to provide letters.
  4. Brief Resume* and Personal Statement**. These must be uploaded in the application form. Please limit your resume to one page and your personal statement to a maximum of two pages.

*Resumes should include the following information:

  • A list of all post-secondary educational institutions (with corresponding dates) attended;
  • A description of research and teaching experience, or other university or science activities (prior research experience is not a requirement);
  • Any other information that the applicant feels will be relevant to his/her application.

**Personal Statements should describe the applicant’s academic and research goals and long-term career objectives. Personal statements can be very helpful in demonstrating an applicant’s interest in ecosystem restoration, especially if the applicant cannot demonstrate this via coursework. Applicants should clearly articulate what they hope to get out of the program and how they believe the program will help them reach their short- and long-term goals.


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