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Schmid College of Science and Technology

» Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Ecological and Environmental Sciences (SURFEES)

Funded by NSF-EAR #1359500

NOTE:  Participation in the SURFEES program is limited to the following partnering 2-year community colleges:

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SURFEES 2017 will take place Monday, June 19 – Friday, August 11, 2017. Application deadline is 5 PM, March 7, 2017.

How to apply:
1. Complete SURFEES 2017 APPLICATION COVER SHEET
2. Click on SURFEES 2017 ONLINE APPLICATION

If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact Marianne Smith.

This National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) sponsored program in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University (Orange, CA) will annually provide 10-15 students selected exclusively from partnering 2-year community colleges with the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects related to earth and environmental issues from the regional to global scale.   The SURFEES program objectives are to:

  • Provide transformative research experiences to students from 2-year institutions that lack substantial research facilities
  • Increase the participation of under-represented students, particularly Hispanics, women and low-income individuals, in hands-on scientific research and increase their confidence level in conducting research
  • Develop scientifically-literate, experienced participants who persist, transfer into and graduate with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degrees
  • Increase student awareness of ecological and environmental issues and career opportunities in environmental area

Specific features of the SURFEES program include:

  • Faculty-mentored intensive research in a range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, food science, and geoscience
  • Professional development workshops
  • Seminars with faculty speakers and environmental professionals
  • Concluding research poster presentation session and commencement ceremony
  • On-campus apartment housing
  • Group social activities

For additional information or questions about the SURFEES program, please contact Chris Kim

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