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Thank you for your interest in the summer Research and Extension Experiential Learning for

Undergraduates (REEU) – Diversity in Faces, Spaces and Places of Natural Resources Sciences program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, this REEU is an 8-week, field based, natural resource science internship program that will address research questions related to the biodiversity of ecosystems within a highly agricultural landscape as a vehicle for developing technical, critical thinking and mentoring skills for participants. Participants will pair with graduate student and faculty mentors and high school interns to address a question in their area of interest (e.g. stream ecosystem health, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds, herbaceous plants, and trees). Weekly mentoring, social events and professional activities are included. Examples of the professional activities include learning how to look for and apply to

jobs in the natural resource fields, how to contact a potential graduate advisor and how to be a mentor.

The incentives include a $4000 stipend, meals and housing. The program will take place May 9 - July 3, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements: Students must have completed at least one semester (or equivalent)

prior to consideration for the program. Selected students will be interested in pursuing

graduate degrees or employment in natural resource science disciplines. *In response to COVID 19, we will not be hosting external students on campus due to the COVID restrictions.  Depending on the nature of research and the capacity of the research lab, Purdue students will engage in on-campus research activities under the imposed COVID guidelines.

To Apply: Please submit your official transcripts, two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff at your home institution, a current resume and a 2-page statement of interest that

includes your career goals, what you expect to gain from this program and how it may help you in a natural resources career.

Questions? Please email


Purdue University is an equal access, equal opportunity university.

The University’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement is accessible at:

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until february 26

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