Summer Research Opportunity in Wisconsin


Phosphorus pollution produces algal blooms in freshwater. If you look closely at this frog, it’s obvious that he’s not happy with the human impact on his environment, and you’ll note at least a hint of the frog’s awareness that social scientists are part of the solution to this problem.

Here’s an interesting opportunity for students in the department. This research project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is investigating phosphorous pollution and potential solutions, and has multiple opportunities for students. From what I can see, it would be ideal for students interested in environment, political ecology, ethnography, and applied anthropology/sociology. It runs from June 15 to August 8, and it looks like there’s a stipend involved as well, which is always welcome. The deadline for applications is March 1. Below are the details and a link to even more information:

Dear Colleagues,

Please let your undergraduate students know about an opportunity to
participate in a new summer research internship with the NSF-sponsored
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at University of
Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU
focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary
manner over an 8 week program (June 15-August 8), with projects in
sociology, microbiology, economics, geology, anthropology, mathematics, or
communications.  Students will be provided with room and board and a
generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.

This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with
mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more
complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political
economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems.  The deadline to submit
applications for the 2014 summer program is March 1st.  Complete program
information can be found here:

Questions can be directed to: