Since 2011, LUMCON has been host to groups of undergraduate students taking part in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. As its name implies, the REU Program is designed to get students interested in careers in science out of the classroom and into the field doing research. Participating students spend ten weeks between June and August conducting independent research with the guidance of a scientific mentor or mentor team. Throughout the program, a student will identify a research question, develop and orally present a research proposal, conduct their proposed research, and gain valuable experience communicating their findings in both a formal presentation and a written manuscript. Students will interact with their peers and the larger scientific community through career and skills-based workshops and by participating in seminars, summer programming, and local events at their research institution. This nationwide program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), other federal and state grants, as well as local institutional budgets.
Here at LUMCON, research areas vary year to year but have included Gulf Oil Spill impacts, deep sea biology and ecology, coastal geology, microbial ecology, physiological ecology, coastal hypoxia, behavioral ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, ecosystem ecology, coral reef biology, and wetland science. Summer is one of our most active seasons so REU students have the opportunity to network with our resident faculty and interact with other undergraduates participating in summer courses. REU participants are integrated into the LUMCON community and encouraged to take part in all of our summer activities.
Speaking of summer, this is going to be an exciting one here at LUMCON as we are launching The White Boot School! Alongside summer courses and camps, we will be hosting additional events to bring the community together and encourage students to stay in Cocodrie on the weekends. We will be hosting a free concert featuring the Babineaux Sisters Band on June 10th, as well as other possible events including a building wide volleyball tournament, a comedian, and yoga classes. Be on the lookout for social media posts for these events!
For more information about the REU program, check out the REU Internships page on the LUMCON website. This page contains details about the provided stipend and available mentors, as well as Frequently Asked Questions and links to past projects.