UCF Offers Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The University of Central Florida is accepting applications for its summer program, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Citizen Science. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers paid summer research experiences for at least eight undergraduate students for five weeks in Belize and two weeks in Orlando, Fla., June 25-Aug. 10, 2018.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the REU emphasizes community GIS and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, drones, in-depth interviews, GIS and spatial analysis. The program is open to all U.S. students from a range of disciplines, including geography, geology, biology, environmental science, sociology, public health, marine science, and more.

To help with the application process, Citizen Science GIS is hosting a Facebook live event, "Secrets to an Awesome Citizen Science GIS REU Application," on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. ET. Timothy Hawthorne (REU principal investigator), Hannah Torres (REU faculty mentor) and Lain Graham (REU senior research coordinator) will discuss tips for submitting a successful REU application. Join the discussion at facebook.com/citizensciencegis.

Research Opportunities
Students will work in one of three research directions with community partners and mentors from the University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, the Hopkins Village Council (Belize) and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program.
  • Research Direction 1: Mapping disparities in flooding and disaster management
  • Research Direction 2: Mapping marine debris and mitigating impacts on coastal communities
  • Research Direction 3: Mapping island resiliency with drones and spatial storytelling (new in 2018 with additional NSF funding)

Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3,500 research stipend, a meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to and from the REU site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and two research methods books.

Application Process
The priority application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Friday, March 2. Complete program information and application instructions are at citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site.

Watch this short video from our REU fieldwork.

Contact Us
•Timothy Hawthorne (principal investigator, assistant professor of geographic information systems at University of Central Florida), timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu, phone 407.823.1030
• Christy Visaggi (co-principal investigator, lecturer and undergraduate director of geosciences at Georgia State University), cvisaggi@gsu.edu, phone 404.413.5755

Online Resources