The goal of this three year summer REU program is to provide a well structured research and professional development experience for sophomore and junior level undergraduate students in environmental related fields at the University of South Florida (USF). It builds on the experience with a REU site started in 2009 by PI Trotz and refines the underlying research theme to the nexus of water, energy, materials and humans, with a particular emphasis on the Tampa Bay region.
Thirty-six students will be directly supported by the grant, with six included on a supplement for education research ($3500 stipend, $1500 food allowance, housing, & travel to and from USF). Three more will partake through USF’s College of Engineering outreach program to Latin America and the Caribbean students. It involves fourteen research faculty mentors from six different departments and 4 different colleges. Faculty and graduate students will interact with REU students through individual research projects and group meetings, research seminars and field trips, oral and poster presentations, brown-bag student discussions, social and community activities, technical and professional training workshops, and online social media like blogs.