2014 Earth

Updates for Summer 2015 coming soon

Many details currently appearing on this site are still for Summer 2014. By mid-November we'll have our Summer 2015 updates in place, ready for you to browse and apply!

REU in Water in the Earth System

Join our program and work with faculty and grad students to explore earth, air, and water! 

Pending Funding

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2014 Dates and Stipend

Start: June 2, 2014
End: August 6, 2014
Stipend: $5,000

Contact Info

Dr. Mindi Searls
Research Assistant Professor


Who Should Apply

Related majors and areas

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences/Studies
  • Geosciences
  • Meterology
  • Natural Resource Sciences
  • Physics


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
For more information, refer to the eligibility page.

How to Apply

Steps and Required Items

To apply, follow these application steps to submit the following materials.

Application Timeline

  • Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 — Application opens
  • Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — Priority deadline
  • Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 — Application deadline
  • Sat., Mar. 15, 2014 — Decisions complete
See more timeline information.

Events and Benefits

Program Events

  • Campus and department orientation
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium


  • Competitive stipend
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

Research and Mentors

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The summer research program in Water in the Earth System is administered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The SROP was established in 2012.

Students work with faculty mentors and conduct cutting-edge research related to water.  Projects range from water resourcing, microbial community structures, and predator-prey interactions to water contamination and glacial flow on Mars. This research can be applied to real-world challenges in environmental sciences and prepare scholars for future endeavors studying the earth, air, and water. Individual projects are designed to be completed within the 10-week timeframe of the summer program.

The primary objective of our SROP is to support and develop summer scholars into independent researchers. As such, the format of the research activities is designed around the development of research skills, interaction with interdisciplinary research teams, and opportunities to present research findings.

2014 Mentors and Projects