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Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's REU

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL)
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
South Carolina
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Participants will spend 10 weeks at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, where they have the opportunity to gain hands-on field and/or lab training in Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health. Our program merges environmental chemistry with ecology to better understand global anthropogenic changes to natural systems. For example, at the environmental chemistry level, students can explore the fate, transport, and biogeochemistry of anthropogenic elements within aquatic and terrestrial environments with an emphasis on developing remediation technologies. At the ecological level, students might address how an organism's habitat use and life history impact exposure to and subsequent uptake and impact of contaminants. Finally, at the population and community levels, students examine how physiological effects at the individual level can impact population connectivity, trophic transfer, and disease transmission. Access to a variety of natural and impacted areas on the SRS, SREL's analytical capabilities, and SREL's 60+ year history of interdisciplinary ecological and environmental combine to make this a unique learning environment.

Details: The program runs from May 20 - July 26, 2019. Housing will be provided at the University of South Carolina - Aiken dormitories, approximately 30 minutes' drive from SREL. (No housing facilities exist on the SRS.) In addition to free housing, students will receive a stipend of $525/week, a small food allowance, and travel reimbursement. (More details will be provided to selected participants.) Participants should be prepared to work outdoors in hot, humid conditions, and to comply with SRS safety and security requirements. Questions regarding the program should be directed to


Application requirements: Only US citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the REU are eligible to apply. Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 to participate in the REU. To complete the application form, you will need a CV, a copy of your academic transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable), and the names and email addresses of two faculty members who will provide letters of recommendation for you. Your references should submit their letters using the form located at Applications are due January 31, 2019. IMPORTANT NOTE: Program funding is still pending. Updates will be posted to this site. If funded, the selected applicants will be notified in March.

How to Apply:

Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory's REU program: Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health. Pending funding, the program will run from May 20 to July 26 2019. Applications are due by January 31st, 2019.

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in participating in this program and receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than December 2019. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities and/or students in financial need to apply. We also give preference to first-year and sophomore students. 

Steps to applying to the SREL REU program:

  1. Complete the Google Form application found HERE. Before filling out this form we suggest you read through the questions and prepare your answers in a word processing or text editing program (and save frequently) then copy and paste your answers into this form.
  2. After successfully submitting the Google application form, you will be asked to return to this page. Upload your unofficial transcripts and a Curriculum Vitae below. Your application is not complete without these.
  3. You will need to have two people submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Please provide them with the following URL to fill out the reference form and submit their letters of recommendation: