Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accelerating New Environmental Workskills

Thank you for your interest in our Summer 2019 REU ANEW program! We have finished accepting new applications, are reviewing all applications. We should be able to notify applicants of acceptance soon via email. Please check this site next year for our 2020 REU ANEW program announcement.

Program dates are June 3 to August 9, 2019.

Are you interested in studying the link between genetics and marine mammal health, the risk of diseases known as zoonoses that can transfer from animals to humans, or how policy and climate change are impacting tick-borne diseases and their effects on iconic Maine species like moose?  If so, you should consider applying to our new program!

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – Accelerating New Environmental Workskills (ANEW) is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates interested in developing critical research and thinking skills that will empower them to tackle complex, interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health.  Working directly alongside faculty and graduate students in the University of Maine’s One Health and the Environment Initiative, students will have the opportunity to pursue diverse research topics that span the natural and social sciences, from lab to field to policy, from marine to terrestrial. In addition to their primary research mentor, students will also be paired with a secondary “broader impacts” mentor, who will share the relevance of One Health research to real-world problems, and will foster student interest in career options in their field.

Example projects and further information about the faculty mentors are available on the Initiative for One Health and the Environment faculty participants web page.

In addition to hands-on research, students will participate in weekly professional development workshops to build skills in problem solving, research design, data analysis, and communication.  At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their results at the inaugural One Health ANEW research symposium. All REU participants will receive a generous stipend and living expenses, including housing at the University of Maine.

This year’s program will run from June 3 to August 9, 2019. Application review will begin on March 20 and all complete applications submitted before this deadline will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed until all applications are filled. Please see instructions below on how to apply.

Eligibility: All REU students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.  Students must have completed at least one year of an Associates or Baccalaureate degree program prior to the summer internship, and must plan to continue in their degree program following this summer internship (graduating seniors are not eligible). As part of the National Science Foundation’s and our commitment to broadening participation, we especially encourage students who self-identify with groups that are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to apply, as well as students attending institutions with relatively limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges and some undergraduate-only institutions)

To apply to the program, you must submit the following materials:

  • A 1-2 page resume that includes current and past education experiences, relevant work history, awards/scholarships, and volunteer/service activities.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.
  • A short (100 to 500 words) personal statement that details why you are interested in gaining research experience in general and within One Health in particular.
  • One letter of recommendation required (second letter optional). Encourage your letter writers to comment on your potential as a researcher. Letters should be submitted directly by the recommender to both anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu and kristina.cammen@maine.edu. Your application can not be considered complete until at least one letter of recommendation has been received.

We strongly encourage you to complete your application using this online form. Please note however that this application form requires that you are signed in with a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can submit your application directly via email. In that case, please complete this cover page (not required if submitting your application through the Google Form) and attach a single pdf file entitled: LastName_FirstName_REU-ANEW.pdf that includes your completed cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and personal statement to both anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu and kristina.cammen@maine.edu.

Please direct any questions you have about the program or the application process to anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu and kristina.cammen@maine.edu.

Please also feel free to post, share, and distribute the this flyer with your students and professional networks.  We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of REU ANEW students to Maine this summer!

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Students working in a laboratory with a bottle and pipette
students conducting wildlife research
student surveying a tourist on the Maine coast
student using a microscope
Students with clam rakes examining marine life on a beach