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). REU projects involve students, in meaningful ways, in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
REU-China at AAMU and NFU
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 focus on hypothesis-driven quantification, experimentation and the modeling of human-induced ecological and environmental changes, particularly ecosystem responses to urbanization.
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.
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)...