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REU-China: Ecological and Environmental Research in an Urbanized Landscape

Our third REU-China season is over and we are in the process of compiling all of our students' research and cultural works into a Proceeding to be published and made publicly available here. Likewise, each student created his or her own webpages and we will be putting them up in these webpages as well.

We had another excellent year in Nanjing, China at our partner and host institution Nanjing Forestry University! Students worked hard with their AAMU and NFU mentors on projects ranging from (a) examining the presence of antibiotics in waterways, to (b) comparing two tree species' abilities to effectively alleviate lake eutrophication in varying width buffer strips, to (c) examining the effects of urbanization on the presence of bats and their food prey availability and choices, among other projects.

This year's program ran from May 19 - July 14. If you are interested in our program for summer of 2015, please check back frequently for more information, as it becomes available. 

What is REU?

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in research areas, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).​ RE​U projects involve students, in meaningful ways, in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program​. 

For general information on the NSF REU Program, please visit their website​.


REU-China at AAMU and NFU

  • The REU site at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is an international program which will provide an eight-week research experience to undergraduates beginning mid-May.

  • Students spend three days at AAMU followed by seven weeks at Nanjing Forestry University (NFU) in China and the remaining three days again at AAMU.

  • The program will focus on ecological and​​​​​ environmental scientific research of the quickly urbanizing landscape of Nanjing Province in China. This research will engage students in a broad range of ecological and environmental scientific research with a foc​us on hypothesis-driven quantification, experimentation and the modeling of human-induced ecological and environmental changes, particularly ecosystem responses to urbanization.



  • The program will expose talented students to international collaborative research. Students will improve their written and verbal communication skills and enhance their self-confidence and ability to do teamwork.


  • The program is designed to enhance students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, and provide networking opportunities among students, faculty, and scientists in the US and China.


  • Each student will complete a research project, prepare a written report, and give a presentation.


  • Additionally, students will be exposed to China’s language, culture, and history.


Nanjing Forest University (NFU)


Nanjing Forest University (NFU) is our main partner. This is because of ( 1 ) its strength and history in ecology, environmental, and natural resource research, particularly under urban setting; ( 2 ) existing collaborations and our common interest in further strengthening it in research and education; ( 3 ) the similarities of academic programs, and ( 4 ) past successes of NFU in collaborating with several other international institutions (e.g. in Denmark, Japan, and Canada). (read more)...

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant #  1063101).   ​​



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