NSF undergrad research experience in Belize and Orlando in community GIS and citizen science

Check out this REU Summer research experience!

This summer at the University of Central Florida, we are pleased to host the second year of our National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Community GIS and Citizen Science.” Our program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks. The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 19-August 4, 2017. We are interdisciplinary in nature emphasizing community geography, community GIS, and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, focus groups, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis.

We’re hosting a Facebook Live Event "Secrets to an Awesome Citizen Science GIS REU Application" on Wednesday, February 1 @ 3 pm EST. Join Dr. Hawthorne (REU PI) and Lain Graham (REU Senior

Research Coordinator) as we give away the secrets to a successful application to our National Science Foundation (NSF) #REU Site in Orlando and Belize. Please share with your pals and have them join us. #citizensciencegis #ucfreu. Join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/citizensciencegis

Please distribute to interested students and your networks.

Thanks and apologies for cross-postings,


Research opportunities: Students will work in one of two research directions with community partners and mentors from University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, The Hopkins Belize Village Council, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program:

· Research Direction 1: Mapping disparities in flooding & disaster management

· Research Direction 2: Mapping marine debris & mitigating impacts on coastal communities

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3500 research stipend, a meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to/from the REU Site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and 2 research methods books.

Application process: The priority application deadline is Friday, February 17th @ 5 PM EST. Complete program information and application instructions can be found at http://www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site/.

Student reflections from the field: “Challenging, emotional, fun, collaborative, thought-provoking, interesting, real-life, and eye-opening.” These are some of the words used by students to describe our previous research program. Check out a short video from our REU Year 1 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5zSFKw7F24&feature=youtu.be

Questions can be directed to:

· Dr. Timothy Hawthorne: Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems at University of Central Florida

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o phone: 407.823.1030

· Dr. Christy Visaggi: Co-Principal Investigator, Lecturer of Geosciences at Georgia State University

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o phone: 404.413.5755

Check us out on the web and share on social media!

· http://www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site

· https://www.facebook.com/citizensciencegis

· https://twitter.com/citizen_gis

· https://vimeo.com/citizensciencegis

· https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6_1giYaXQ6mcalJH-kMuw

Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne

Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems

Associate Editor, Journal of Geography

Associate Editor, The International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research

Principal Investigator, NSF Citizen Science GIS REU Site

University of Central Florida

Department of Sociology

Orlando, Florida 32816

Office: 403-P Howard Phillips Hall

Email: timothy.hawthorne

Office Phone #: 407-823-1030






Internship off the coast of NH

Hi ES students,

Kate Cavanaugh sends the following info to all of you:

Over the last two summers I worked as the water quality apprentice on Star Island, an island off the coast of New Hampshire that’s trying to improve its sustainability efforts. There are five environmental positions open right now, and my old boss asked me to pass along the link to Gettysburg students. I’m not sure if you have any students still looking for summer internships, but this is an amazing place to get hands on experience in water quality, garden, or compost work (and room and board is free, which is a huge plus). I’ll attach the link, the jobs are listed under the Environmental Services Positions.


Hope everything is going well,


Sarah Principato, Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325



Ecology REU opportunity at Miami University: Accepting applications!

FW by Andy Wilson


The Ecology REU program at Miami University is still accepting applications for positions during the summer of 2017. Please forward this to any students you think might be interested in spending the summer doing research! Below I’ve outlined the program details and benefits that can be easily copy and pasted into an e-mail. Eligible undergraduate students can follow this link to find more information and apply: ecoreu to ask any specific questions.


Patrick Garrett
Graduate Program Assistant
EcoREU Program, Miami University
E-mail: ecoreu

Ecology REU at Miami University for the summer of 2017

Undergraduate students accepted into the program will:

  • Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments.
  • Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project.
  • Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest.
  • Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers.
  • Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio.

For more information about our program please visit our website at: ecoreu with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process.

X-SIG summer research student application

Interested in conducting research over the summer? Consider applying to Gettysburg’s X-SIG summer research program.

Check out the attached list of faculty who are taking on students (you’ll see Andy and Sarah are on the list). If the research looks interesting, discuss your interest with the faculty member and complete the application. The deadline is February 13th.

XSIG Summer Research Application_2017.pdf
Faculty with Summer Research Positions_2017.pdf

Internship Opportunity – Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in New York City

ES Majors and minors – check out the internship opportunity below!

I am an environmental educator at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in New York City. I am looking to recruit a Regional Environmental Education intern to serve at my site and at five other State Parks throughout the city. You can see the job description posted here: https://thesca.org/serve/position/Regional-Environmental-Educator/PO-00711714. This position is really great in that it provides a lot of freedom for the intern to explore their interests and to create their own projects. Besides teaching and writing programs, the member could help maintain and design exhibits, care for animals, initiate stewardship projects throughout our 270-acre forest, design interpretive flyers and brochures, monitor the wildlife of the Park, and/or design horticultural installations. I am especially interested in any candidates with an art background.

This position is offered through Student Conservation Association as a 10 month Americorps internship. Housing (rent and utilities) is provided at my site in a historic farmhouse. A driver’s license is required for this position; a state vehicle will be provided for on-the-job travel. A personal vehicle is not required but is highly recommended. Interns are provided a $200/week stipend. Upon completion of the full 10 months, members receive a $5,815 education award that can be used to pay off existing student loans or toward future continuing education. This position is ideal for anyone who has just graduated, possibly in December. We have another 10 month intern who will be starting in a few days. The start date for this position will be February 13th but move-in will be within the week before.

Thank you for your time and your help.


Emily Becker

Environmental Educator I

P: 718-605-3970 ext. 201

E: emily.becker

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation

Nature Interpretive Center

2351 Veterans Rd W

Staten Island, NY 10309

Undergraduate Summer Science Internship Program Aimed at Diversity Offered in Woods Hole

Undergraduate Summer Science Internship Program Aimed at Diversity Offered in Woods Hole
Program Dates June 3 – August 12, 2017

The Partnership Education Program (PEP), a project supported by six science institutions in Woods Hole, Mass., is seeking applicants for a 10-week summer program that combines undergraduate course work with research in marine and environmental science.

Launched in 2009, PEP is designed to promote a diverse scientific community by recruiting talent from minority groups that are under-represented in marine and environmental sciences.

PEP completed its eighth summer in 2016, hosting 15 students from 13 different colleges and universities. Ten of the colleges and universities were new to the program, bringing the total to 77 colleges and universities, including 23 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and/or Minority Serving Institutions, and 121 students who have participated in PEP since 2009.

The Partnership Education Program is designed for college students, with priority given to entering juniors and seniors, majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, engineering, or geosciences and earth system sciences) who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or marine and/or environmental science. The program includes a four-week course and research internships lasting six to ten weeks.

PEP students live together on the Sea Education Association campus and participate in group career building activities such as seminars, workshops, field trips, and at-sea experiences. They also attend lectures at participating science institutions throughout the summer, and participate in local community activities.

The 2017 PEP program will run June 3 (travel day June 2) through August 12. The PEP course, “Ocean and Environmental Sciences: Global Climate Change,” is offered for credit through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and runs from June 6 to July 1.

The course is taught in Woods Hole by research scientists from local science institutions. PEP students will conduct research projects that employ some of the techniques and explore some of the issues presented in the course. At the end of the program in mid-August, the students will present results from their research in a 20-minute public presentation during a one-day PEP seminar.

The 2017 program will cover tuition and room and board, as well as provide a travel allowance and a stipend. Deadline for applications is February 17, 2017. The 2017 PEP Class will be announced in mid-March.

Application information and reports on previous programs are available on the Woods Hole PEP website (http://www.woodsholediversity.org/pep/).

PEP welcomes applications from students of all backgrounds. Students from groups under-represented in marine and environmental sciences are especially encouraged to apply – this includes African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific Island, and Alaska Native students.

PEP is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative. Participating institutions are: NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Marine Biological Laboratory, Sea Education Association, United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Woods Hole Research Center. The Woods Hole Diversity Initiative’s primary academic partner is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

For further information, contact PEP Director George Liles at NOAA Fisheries Service (George.Liles@noaa.gov or 508-495-2318) or Dr. Paulinus Chigbu at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (pchigbu@umes.edu or 410-621-3034).

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NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our other social media channels.

Sarah Principato, Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325