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Research Experience for Undergraduates


****Application deadline extended!!***

February 15, 2017

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 Cancun, Mexico. 

The 8-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 at the residence halls on campus.

The second part of the program will take place in Cancun. Students will work on their research projects with faculty mentors and Mexican scientists and undergraduates while staying in local housing. There will be a four-day vacation during which students will 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!




2017 REU Dates

Application due:

February 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance:

March 1, 2017

Program dates:

June 19-30, 2017 (NIU)

July 3-28, 2017 (Mexico)

July 31-August 11 (NIU)

Apply Now

Send your completed application and supporting documents to with the subject line:

2017 Mexico REU Application-YourLastName