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.
Highlights of the ERIE-REU program
- An original research project with one or multiple faculty members;
- Development workshops in environmental and professional ethics, research methods, and techniques for data analysis;
- Social activites and field trips to learn about ecosystem restoration efforts in the lower Great Lakes and the environment of western NY. Past trips have included Niagara Falls State Park, Letchworth State Park, Love Canal, and the Buffalo waterfront;
- Opportunity to disseminate research results through oral and poster presentations at a culminating research symposium.
In addition to the research experience, UB’s ERIE-REU students receive a $5,000 stipend and housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex.
Students must be available to fully participate in the program for the entire 10 weeks plus a required three-day orientation. The research program requires a full-time commitment. To be eligible, 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 (graduating seniors cannot be accepted). Vist the “How to Apply” page for more information.