Undergraduate and Graduate Education
Part of SGS-LTER's commitment to Education & Outreach
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The NSF supported REU program gives highly-motivated undergraduate students the chance to gain research experience. Students spend the summer living in Fort Collins and conducting research projects on the shortgrass steppe.
Three main objectives provide the foundation for our REU program: developing a sense of excitement for science, developing a critical mindset, and understanding the process of conducting ecological research. In addition to these objectives, our philosophy on undergraduate education includes key issues important in helping students develop their research skills. Faculty and senior graduate students who server as REU advisors help students move from dependent to independent roles, establish a strong mentoring relationship, and foster student-student interaction and communication. More about our REU Philosophy.
In 2001, The University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University were awarded an NSF GK-12 grant to establish partnerships with PIs, graduate students, and K-12 teachers that place teachers on a research team and graduate students in the K-12 classroom.