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!

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.

As part of the application process, you must register with the NSF program. The website will ask you to create a user account and assign you a unique REU ID. Be sure to take note of the REU ID assigned to you, as you will be required to specify it on your application. After you have registered you may complete your application.

Applications Due
February 1, 2019

Notification of Acceptance
March 1, 2019

Program Start
June 17, 2019

Final Program Day
August 9, 2019

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