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Wetland Science in a Modern World Internship

Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
East Alton, IL
Job Description:

Wetlands are among the most functionally important ecosystems on Earth. However, wetlands are impacted by anthropogenic activities at a variety of spatiotemporal scales, including changes in land use, pollution, invasive species, and global climate change. NGRREC’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, “Wetland Science in a Modern World,” is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our REU program focuses on a modern integrative approach to studying wetlands using recent technological and theoretical developments with the goal of unifying wetland science across scales.

Each year, eight students, primarily from schools with limited research opportunities or from under-represented groups, will be trained in the program. Each student will be assigned to one or several mentors and their laboratories, depending on whether the focus of their project spans one or multiple laboratories, where the student works closely with the faculty mentor(s) and their post-doctoral associates and graduate students. Students will conduct research at NGRREC’s state-of-the-art field station in Alton, IL, and local field sites situated at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri rivers. They will gain experience in research project design, field and lab-based research methods, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results at an in-house symposium.

Because the REU experience is a full-time intensive ten-week program, REU participants are not allowed to take classes during the program.

  • Applicants must be current undergraduates who will not graduate before August 2022.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (NSF requirement).
  • Selection is based on academic standing and matching of each students’ background and interests with the program.


A living stipend of $6,000
A housing stipend of $1,300
A meal allowance of $1,000
Relocation assistance (reimbursement for travel to and from East Alton, IL)


How to Apply:

Please contact the program coordinator Amy Monroe (NGGREC’s) at for additional information, or the PI (Dr. Anthony Dell at or the co-PI (Dr. Jason Knouft at

We plan to conduct this program with in-person assignments. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may become necessary to operate remotely. We will follow state and local guidelines and update procedures as more information is available