Eco-Informatics Summer Institute – Apply by Feb. 1st!

The Program

Building on the interdisciplinary Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at the H.J. Andrews Forest and its information management program, this Summer Institute will (1) train and promote discovery in young scientists who will make basic contributions to ecosystem science, computer science, and mathematics through team-based research and education; (2) promote the pursuit and success of a diverse group of students seeking higher education and research experience in Eco-Informatics, and (3) provide graduates to work in interdisciplinary settings on natural resources management and policy.

Students who are admitted to the Eco-Informatics Summer Institute will receive a total stipend of $5,000 spread out over the length of the program. In addition to this stipend, housing and transportation services between Portland international airport and/or Corvallis and the H.J. Andrews Forest will be provided on the first and last day of the program. Lodging includes furnished housing at the H.J. Andrews Forest and OSU campus dorms.

Activities, Events, and Requirements
You are expected to work a 40-hr work week on your research project and participate in the activities below. All projects will include field work which is performed in a setting in which there is potential for regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomfort and unpleasantness, e.g., high temperatures. Field work will require regular and recurring physical exertion such as long periods of standing and walking in normal and challenging terrain. Other student-organized outings are possible, such as hiking in the high cascades and white water rafting on the McKenzie River.


The application period for the 2017 program is open as of November 1, 2016! 

Project Areas:
Plant-pollinator networks in a changing forest landscape: June 12 to August 18, 2017
Sediment movement across river networks following disturbances: June 19 to August 25, 2017

Orientation will take place during the week of June 19th and final presentations will take place August 17th. Please contact the EISI Program Manager if you have any questions.

To apply, students will be asked to submit by February 1, 2017:

  • CISE REU Common Application
  • Documents via webform
    • A letter of interest describing their
      • Undergraduate experience
      • Interest in the Eco-Informatics REU program
      • Preference for the projects
      • How they will contribute to and benefit from their preferred project
      • Experience working or recreating outdoors
    • A copy of college transcripts
    • A resume that includes names, email addresses, and phone contact information of three references
  • A letter of recommendation directly e-mailed to the EISI Program Manager by their reference

We expect all decisions regarding participants to be made by March 15, 2017.

Eligible Student Participants: Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Undergraduate students must have completed their sophomore year. A current undergraduate student is a student enrolled both before and after summer in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate. Students who have received associate degrees and are transferring from one institution to another but are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer are eligible to participate. Someone who has completed an undergraduate degree IS NOT elegible regardless of enrollment in graduate school for this coming fall.

Review Criteria: Consistent with OSU’s policy, we will review student applications based on a broad selection of indicators for potential rather than reliance on only GPA or GRE scores. These indicators include (a) internship and/or volunteering experience with a federal, state, or local agency, charity, or other group, (b) experience or clear interest in mathematics and/or computer science and/or engineering, (c) ability to write clearly, (d) demonstrated initiative for independent work, as in independent study, special projects, etc., (e) experience or clear interest in working in outdoor settings, and (f) strong recommendations from faculty and/or the public and/or private sector.


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