REU: Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula, Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois; Cancun, Mexico

Job Title: REU: Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula

Organization: Northern Illinois University

Location: DeKalb, Illinois; Cancun, Mexico

Duties: Join us next summer while we investigate groundwater resources in the Yucatan Peninsula! This National Science Foundation-funded research program is open to undergraduates with an interest in water science. No prior research experience is required.

This eight-week program is a full-time, immersive research experience. Students will work closely with faculty mentors from Northern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research to plan, execute, and present their research projects.

The first two weeks and last two weeks of the program will be completed at the NIU campus in DeKalb, IL, where students will develop their research plan and return to analyze their findings. The other four weeks will be spent in the Yucatan Peninsula. Students will stay in local housing and carry out their research projects in collaboration with faculty mentors and Mexican scientists and students.

Qualifications: While you don’t need any special skills to participate in this program, we are looking for exceptional students who are hard workers and are willing to develop and improve their research skills. You should be comfortable working outdoors, have organizational and time management skills, and have good attention to detail.

There are no prerequisites for this program, but we would like students to have at least one year of background in one or more of the basic sciences – biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics.

To apply you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You must also be an undergraduate student graduating no earlier than Fall 2019.

We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, financially disadvantaged students, and students from colleges with limited research opportunities.

Start/End dates: June 17, 2019-August 9, 2019

Salary/pay: $4000 stipend, plus housing, food stipend, and travel allowance

How to apply & application deadline: Applications and supporting documents are due February 1, 2019.

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