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Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Cary Institute is home to the longest-running Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the nation. For the past 27 years, the National Science Foundation-funded program has let us provide essential training to 10-12 budding ecologists each summer.

Under the mentorship of a Cary Institute scientist, participants spend 12 weeks crafting an ecological study, writing a research paper, and discovering what it is like to be part of a research community. Their findings are also presented at an annual symposium.

Past projects have included songbird communication, mosquitoes and disease risk, Hudson River wetlands, and the effects of pharmaceuticals on streams. Field work is completed in Baltimore, MD, Hubbard Brook, NH, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains of NY, and throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 program, which will run from May 26 to August 14. For more information contact Patricia Smith at 845-677-7600 x 326 or e-mail

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