NSF REU Site: LAKES Undergraduate Research Experience

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The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.

Phosphorus is a pernicious and costly environmental pollutant. In areas of intensive agriculture, lakes are toxic at certain times of the year with blue-green algae bloom because of phosphorus pollution. 

Solving the phosphorus pollution problem is not simple. A complex mix of social, economic, and environmental factors influences phosphorus use and misuse. 

Students who participate in LAKES will spend two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, mathematics, or geology.

LAKES REU Summer 2017 / Rachel Hallgrimson

Our interdisciplinary approach seeks to better prepare students in their analytical skills while also furthering our knowledge for improving eutrophic lakes, particularly in the Midwestern U.S.

Our approach involves close work with community and governmental partners, local citizens, and policymakers.  Students get the opportunity to see their research directly impact the community around them and make real-world contributions to new science and policy.

LAKES REU Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the Algae

This blog documents the experiences and discoveries of the students and faculty members involved in the LAKES REU.

The LAKES REU program is on a one-year HIATUS for summer 2020 and is not accepting applications at this time.

We plan to return for summer 2021, pending COVID-19 conditions, when our next funding cycle will begin. Please watch this space in fall 2020 for updated application details.     

LAKES team on a pasture-walk researching sustainable agricultural management techniques