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REU Program

Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is a competitive program funded by the National Science Foundation. Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment (Award No. 1262634) provides a truly interdisciplinary and hands-on experience with field-based projects combining ecology, atmospheric sciences, and/or hydrological sciences. Most, but not all, student projects address some aspect of climate change. Whatever the project focus, students engage with all phases of research, from hypothesis formulation and data gathering to analysis, interpretation, and communication of scientific findings. During this nine-week program, students will:

  • Work closely with a research mentor on a project of mutual interest.
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and report on their research project, with guidance from the mentor and the two program co-directors.
  • Participate in workshops and group discussions designed to provide the background knowledge and technical tools needed to carry out interdisciplinary scientific research.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge that can help address many of Earth's most important environmental challenges.


REU runs for nine weeks (June 21 - August 20, 2016) at the UM Biological Station. 


REU is funded by the National Science Foundation. REU students receive a stipend of $5,000, travel and research supplies allowance, and room and board expenses at UMBS.


REU students must be of at least sophomore status by the fall term following their REU participation. Seniors with a graduation date before August are not eligible.

Participants also must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.


The deadline to apply for 2016 has passed. The deadline for 2017 will be Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The application will be available here in mid-December.