REU Program

For the past 27 years, the Cary Institute's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students each summer with an opportunity to conduct quality research in ecology at a world-class institute. Our alumni have gone on to wonderful careers in academic ecology as professors or research scientists, in environmental management or consulting, in ecology education, or in many other fields.

2014 Program Dates: May 27 - August 15, 2014

Activities Schedule

Activities Schedule

Overview of activities for the Cary Institute’s proposed Translational Ecology for Undergraduates REU program, 2011-2015.

Week

Cutting Edge Independent Research

Linking to Policy and Management

Linking to the Public

Linking to Education

Reflective Practice and Training

Pre-program

Background reading
Preliminary definition of questions and hypotheses

 

 

 

 

ALL WEEKS

Ethics Training. Reflective Journaling.

 

1

Library/field work

Project planning

Statistics and Study Design Workshop (Keesing).

 

Communications Workshop (Quillen, Schlesinger)

 

Field Exercise – Questions & Hypotheses (Berkowitz)

Safety training

2

Case study session I: Introduction (Project Leader and partner)

 

 

Theory and Ecology (Pickett)

3

Presentations of students’ research plans

Case study session II: Panel discussion (invited guests)

Assignment I: Lay friendly paragraph about your research

Training (Education Staff)

 

4

Research proposals due

 

 

Peer feedback

Sharing Science (REU students teach others)

 

5

Data collection

Scientific Presentations Workshop (Strayer)

Scientific Writing
Workshop (Findlay)

Forum on Translational Ecology

6

Case study session III: Follow-up discussion and poster design (Project Leader and partner)

 

 

 

7

 

 

Science Education Roundtable - (Berkowitz, other educators)

 

8

 

 

 

Hubbard Brook Field Trip
Ethics in Science (Likens)

9

 

 

 

 

10

Data analysis and synthesis
Abstract due

Statistics and data analysis
(Keesing).

 

 

 

 

11

 

Assignment II: Lay friendly 1 pager about a colleague’s research.

Peer feedback.

 

Future Pathways Discussion - Graduate School & Careers (students, staff)

12

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Drafts of figures and tables due

Poster on science/society (policy and/or management) linkages in case study issue.

Program book for symposium features edited Assignment IIs

 

 

Post-program

Final paper due (June the following year)

 

 

 

 

 

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