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NSF Undergraduate Research

National Science Foundation for Research Experience
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announce the first year of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site, Exploring Evidence of the Anthropocene: Archaeological and Ecological Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for First Generation Students in the Upper Mississippi River System (NSF Award No.1659633). This REU site will offer students experiential, interdisciplinary research opportunities in archaeological and ecological sciences addressing topics related to the onset of the Anthropocene. Students will explore research questions related to deep-time environmental dynamics in the Upper Mississippi River System. This eight week program will include field research, data collection in both archaeology and ecology, and archaeological and ecological dataset integration. Archaeology and ecology students will work in interdisciplinary teams and as an entire cohort to gain authentic research experiences. Not only will students learn new research approaches, they will also meet students from across the country with similar interests. This research experience will not only be intellectually rewarding, it will also be fun. Our past students noted, “I loved the people I met...and the things I learned. It was all so valuable and I am so happy I could do this.”

Who can apply: We seek applicants exiting their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of undergraduate studies. We will facilitate education and career development content for first generation college students (students with neither parent completing a four-year degree upon entering college). Students who are first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply: preferences will be given to these students; however, applications from non-first generation students will be fully considered. Applicants should have an interest in interdisciplinary research spanning archaeology and ecology. Undergraduates with interest in other related fields will greatly benefit from participation in this REU site. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (out of 4.0). Students graduating in the spring or summer of 2017 are not eligible. Applicants should also be able to swim and conduct outdoor work under adverse conditions, such as very hot, humid temperatures.


Applications due at 5pm.

Weekly stipend of $500
How to Apply:

The application includes: 1) application online form or pdf form, below (You should not submit both the online and pdf form. Submit the one that is most convenient for you.), 2) statement of interest, 3) unofficial transcript, and 4) two letters of recommendation.

1. The application form can be found online or as a pdf (below). After completing the form, you must send your statement of interest and unofficial transcript to Applications will not be considered until all application documents are received.

2. Applicants should provide a statement of interest that speaks to the applicant’s main research interest specific to this program, career goals, and expected benefits from REU participation (please limit to 2 pages).

3. An unofficial copy of transcripts from their current academic institution.

4. Applicants should have two referrers submit letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s ability to work in a challenging, immersive learning environment. One letter of recommendation must come from the student’s lead mentor at their current institution. Applicants should directly email their statement of interest and unofficial transcripts to Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender directly to