Research Experiences for Undergraduates

REU Summer Program Information

The Biosphere 2 REU provides 10 undergraduates an opportunity to conduct guided research in environmental and Earth systems science at a leading and unique research institution. Students will receive stipends of $5,000 for the 10-week research internship, housing on the Biosphere 2 campus, $500 to cover travel costs to and from Tucson, AZ and a food allowance. The program runs from June 5 to August 11. Students will be selected from across the country to participate in the program. They will conduct research in Biosphere 2, in labs on the University of Arizona Campus, and potentially in the desert and mountain ecosystems in southern Arizona.

The REU program at B2 is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We share the goals of the NSF to use the REU experience as a way to provide research opportunities for students who might not have such opportunities at their home institutions. The program will allow students to gain experience in research firsthand, as well as training and preparation for careers in science. It is our hope that participation in the REU program will help prepare students for graduate studies in science.

REU Program Background

The program is structured with three main components:

  • the practice of research on individual projects;
  • the context of that research in terms of individual components within broader interdisciplinary Earth system science, and
  • the context of that research in terms of societal and professional concerns.

Students will conduct their own research under a mentor, interact with other participants and scientists at B2 and UA, and present research findings in a formal symposium setting. A unique part of the B2 REU experience will be the opportunity to interact with the public who visit B2 on tour and be trained in outreach related to their research topics. Additionally, students will participate in professional development workshops and field trips to local attractions.

How To Apply

To apply to the B2 REU program, select "REU Application Form" from menu above or click here. Your application package will consist of (1) an application form that includes contact information, educational background, and optional information on gender and ethnic background; (2) a 2-page maximum narrative statement of educational and career goals, research experiences and interests; and (3) two letters of recommendation from faculty at your home institution. Application materials, including letters of recommendation must be received by March 1st, 2017.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

Students majoring in, or in a curriculum leading to one of the following fields in environmental or Earth system science will be well suited to participate in the B2 REU: biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, atmospheric science, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science. You must be an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall following your REU experience. Students must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. to be eligible for the program. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for NSF/REU grant support. We encourage applications from students in groups underrepresented in science.


Please contact the program directors, Dr. Katerina Dontsova or Dr. Kevin Bonine if you have questions about the program.