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

The 2015 REUG program has ended. This year, we had seven AAMU students, one Tuskegee University student, one University of Southern California student, and one returning student from last year to follow up on her research. Please check back for our 2015 proceedings and for application information for next year's program!

Here you can view last year's Proceedings to get an idea of what students are doing in China. Enjoy!


We are looking forward to another year in China! Join us and learn about Chinese culture and conducting research in the lab of a foreign country!

What is REUG?

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Graduates (--G) program supports active research participation by all participating students in a variety of environmental and ecological research areas. This program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).​ 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 and Graduates program is funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant No.  1063101)   ​​



The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant No. 2009-51160-05462 and No. 2013-38821-21250)


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Program Coordinator

Lisa Gardner

Campus Location
Carver Complex - Bonner Wing
Room 212B

P. 256.372.5950