The CZNet-REU program is a 10-week paid summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).


The CZ-REU Program Dates are May 29-Aug 7, 2024.

This program will place undergraduate students at one of the nearly 50 CZ Network research sites distributed in diverse geographic settings across the continental US. Critical Zone science is becoming more important as we try to understand the Earth’s living skin, from the top of the vegetation canopy to the depths of the groundwater and all the interactions taking place within that shape our environment and all life within it.

Your training involves:

  • Developing research knowledge and skills, as well as interest in Critical Zone (CZ) science.

  • Learning to do interdisciplinary and collaborative science in a network.

  • Connecting CZ science to society.

Benefits of the program:

  • Network-wide exchange of data, information, and learning from students and researchers across the Critical Zone Collaborative Network.

  • Paid research experience: $6,000 stipend, travel subsidy, and housing/meals subsidy, travel to and from kick-off meeting, research funds to support project.

Program Overview

The program begins with a three-day kick-off Meeting at a central location where students will get to know each other and the leadership team, learn about CZ issues and research approaches, and begin exploring the connections between CZ science and society. Each student will spend the remainder of the ten-week program at an institution in the CZ Network. There, they will work closely with a mentor scientist and their research lab group to design and carry out a project focusing on one of many environmental problems important to society. During the summer, the cohort of students will meet virtually 2-3 times each week to stay connected to each other, participate in science communication and other types of training, work on collaborative team projects, and explore the connection between CZ science and society.

The summer program ends with a virtual Student Research Symposium and Final Celebration with all mentors, other CZ Net scientists and educators, friends, and family in attendance. CZNet-REU students will have the opportunity to present their research at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in December of each year, where they will reconnect with their cohort and network with scientists from CZNet and across the discipline.

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Projects Funded by CZ-REU

Learn more about the available projects below!

CZ-REU funded projects

CZ-REU Symposium

Students who participated in the CZ-REU program gave lighting talks about their research! Check our their work below.

CZ-REU Symposium

Program Information

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident of the United States.

    • Full-time undergraduate student in geosciences or related field.

    • Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Students from community colleges or institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Name and email address for three references

  • Transcript (official or unnofficial)

  • Short essays addressing the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in the research opportunity this program offers? Be as specific as possible about the CZNet-REU program and the research projects you chose.

    • What do you hope to take away from participating in this program, and how will this contribute to your future studies and career?

    • What special experiences, knowledge, skills and perspectives would you bring to the program? This can include research experience in classes, field courses or work as a research assistant.

    • OPTIONAL. If your education and experience are not related to an environmental field, describe why you want to pivot to environmental research.

  • Travel funds to and from the research site

  • On-campus housing or a housing stipend

  • Food subsidy

  • Stipend for summer work ($6000)

  • Travel funds to and from kick-off meeting

  • Research funds to support project

Contact Information

Questions about applications or the program should be directed to the CZNet-REU Program Coordinator, Veronica Sosa Gonzalez.