The NCED Research Experience for Undergraduates on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant number EAR 1461006. Click on the links at the right to meet our former students and find out about their research projects.
NCED REU SLAWR Co-Sponsors include:
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
National Science Foundation
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Salish Kootenai College
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses
The aim of the proposed REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students will work on one of three teams on projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, hydrology and other disciplines. Research teams are hosted on two Native American reservations and at the Univ. MN and projects are developed in collaboration with the tribes’ resource management divisions. The REU incorporates an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods, CBPR, indigenous research methods, and traditional ecological knowledge.
The REU Site is developing a new paradigm for undergraduate research incorporating place-based and community-based participatory research. The PIs are building knowledge on increasing participation in REUs by the non-traditional student and students from groups underrepresented in STEM. The PIs have developed a proven, structured, scaffolded method of teaching science research and writing, which takes students who may have never written a technical research paper and provides them the skills and support needed to routinely deliver an astonishing level of vigorous intellectual output and increase their intellectual self-confidence in the process. Participant deliverables include weekly writings and blog posts, a fifteen(+) page research paper, posters, and conference presentations.
The REU encourages participation by underrepresented students and students who are unsure about how they fit into the world of science to pursue STEM careers. The REU develops unique rigorous scientific research projects that are place-based, meaningful, and that are the product of an intensive collaboration with Native American communities. This REU supports students in ways that go far beyond a typical REU, and takes place at three different and geographically dispersed sites. From past years of the REU, we anticipate that 75% of our participants will come from groups underrepresented in STEM and 50% will be women. Approximately half of our participants will be students who would not otherwise participate in undergraduate research—such as non-traditional students (which includes parents, married students, older students). The REU also encourages veterans and students with disabilities, like those accommodated in previous years of the REU, to apply. Participants will enhance the diversity of the future geoscience workforce. The students, faculty, graduate and post-doctoral mentors, tribal professionals and other community members will be intimately engaged in community-based participatory research (CBPR). The protocols and methods for effective CBPR will be modeled and supported by literature and practice. Projects developed through CBPR for this REU will inherently support tribal resource management goals. Results will be disseminated to tribal authorities and community members as well as the broader scientific community.