Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
This eight-week summer research program is focused on "reducing uncertainties in our understanding of climate change on the time scale of a human lifetime."
Research projects available to REU students cover a range of disciplines, including:
- Atmospheric Chemistry
- Marine and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
- Climate Change
- Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulation
- Sea Ice and Ice-Sheet Dynamics
The program includes hands-on research training, scientific lectures, scientific discussions, and informal discussions about science ethics, scientific communication, graduate programs, and career paths in Earth System Science.
2012 REU Students
Check out the REU articles in The Dynamic Earth:
"The REU program at UCI was incredible!
The skill sets that I built as well as the knowledge that I gained from my research,
other students' research and the lectures... [were] valuable…
My faculty sponsor was helpful, supportive, creative, and friendly…
I think that the knowledge I gained will continue to be important in my education and career goals.
THANK YOU very much for such a great opportunity!"
-ESS REU Student
In previous years, students in the ESS REU Program have:
- Sequenced the DNA of microbial cultures
- Modeled groundwater scarcity
- Analyzed the age of marine mollusk shells
- Collected samples off Newport Beach Pier and measured phytoplankton levels
- Worked on models for river nutrient flow into the ocean
- Analyzed gases stored in ice cores
- Operated complex lab equipment
- Analyzed IPCC data
- Camped out on glaciers in Greenland
REU students receive college credit while participating
in research during the summer in Southern California!
Previous REU student Kate Voss is a lead author of a study finding alarming water loss in the Middle East that has been published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union with ESS Professor Jay Famiglietti.
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