Research Experience for Undergraduates


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. Eight 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.

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Note: only one letter of recommendation is required.


Applications due
Feb. 10, 2020

Notification of acceptance
March 4, 2020

Second round of acceptance
March 16, 2020

Program start
June 15, 2020

Final program day
Aug. 7, 2020

Program start and end dates may be adjusted one week earlier depending on laboratory schedules.