Research Experience for Undergraduates


The application period for the 2018 program is closed. Please check back in the fall for information about the 2019 program.

Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula

Join us next summer while we investigate groundwater resources in the Yucatan Peninsula! This National Science Foundation-funded research program is open to undergraduates with an interest in water science. Six students will take part in faculty-mentored research projects in and around Cancun, Mexico.

The eight-week program will be divided into three parts. Part one will be completed at the NIU campus in DeKalb, IL, where students will learn research skills, develop research plans, and study water resources and the Yucatan Peninsula. During this time students will be provided with accommodation on campus.

The second part of the program will take place in the Yucatan. Students will collaborate with faculty mentors and Mexican scientists and students while staying in local housing. During this time students will have the opportunity to visit sites of historical and cultural significance in the Yucatan.

Students will return to NIU at the end of the program to analyze data and present their findings.

Students at community colleges and other institutions with limited research options are especially encouraged to apply!

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences located in Alexandria, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Luciana Astiz. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.



2018 REU Dates

Application Due
February 1, 2018

Notification of Acceptance
March 1, 2018

Program Dates

  • June 4-15 2018 (NIU)
  • June 18 - July 13, 2018 (Mexico)
  • July 16-27 2018 (NIU)
Apply Now

Complete the online application and send your supporting documents to with the subject line LastName-2018 Application