REU Summer Program Information
The Biosphere 2 REU provides 10 undergraduates an opportunity to conduct guided research in environmental and Earth systems science at a leading and unique research institution. Students will receive stipends of $5,000 for the 10-week research internship, housing on the Biosphere 2 campus, $500 to cover travel costs to and from Tucson, AZ and a food allowance. For 2017, the program runs from June 5 to August 11. Students will be selected from across the country to participate in the program. They will conduct research inside Biosphere 2, in labs on the University of Arizona campus, and in the desert and mountain ecosystems of southern Arizona. Project descriptions are available HERE.
The REU program at Biosphere 2 is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We share the goals of the NSF to use the REU experience as a way to provide research opportunities for students who might not have such opportunities readily available at their home institutions. The summer program will allow students to gain experience in research firsthand, training and preparation for careers in science, and opportunities to communicate science to diverse audiences. Students will also work with partner organizations at the University of Arizona to connect research findings to applied environmental solutions. Participation in the REU program will help prepare students for graduate studies in science.
How To Apply
To apply to the B2 REU program, select “REU Application Form” from menu above or click HERE. Your application package will consist of (1) an application form that includes contact information, educational background, and optional information on gender and ethnic background; (2) a 2-page maximum narrative statement of educational and career goals, research experiences and interests; and (3) two letters of recommendation from faculty at your home institution. Application materials, including letters of recommendation must be received by March 1st, 2017.
Am I Eligible to Apply?
Students majoring in, or in a curriculum leading to, one of the following fields in environmental or Earth system science will be well suited to participate in the B2 REU: biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, atmospheric science, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science. Accepted students typically have at least one year of college completed prior to the summer REU program and, following the experience, have at least one year of college left before graduation. Students typically have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for NSF/REU grant support. We encourage applications from students in groups underrepresented in science.