Research Project Full Title: REU Site: Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions
Principal Investigator(s): Lynn Katz and Jay Banner
Researchers: 2017-18 Students: Maya Gilchrist, Kendra Bierman Krista Stribling, Nkeng Ntonghanwah, Mackenzie Thibodeaux, Alice Oline, Lauryn Martinez, Erin Carrick, Katelyn Boisvert, Katelyn
Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation, REU 1560451
Full Abstract: This REU Site, Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions, builds on previous REU programs led by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI) at The University of Texas at Austin. The new 10-week REU incorporates the previous program’s unique aspects and particular strengths, including: (a) cross-cohort field exercises, seminars, and peer shadowing (b) recruiting of highly-diverse, competitive student cohorts, (c) STEM professional development, (d) an emphasis on campus sustainability practices, and (e) significant undergraduate research publication. In recognition of the critical links between scientific research and societal implications, we have included an environmental policy component through new workshops, seminars (Climate Science BootCamp, Grand Challenges Activities), and 1:1 interactions between students and policy mentors.