REU Site Program

Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation’s Capital

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Georgetown University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program in Environmental Science directed by Profs. Matthew Hamilton and Martha Weiss is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This program provides fellowships for students from other colleges and universities to take part in ongoing research in environmental science at Georgetown University during the summer.

Today, as never before, environmental issues dominate the headlines and pervade the public consciousness. The public receives a steady current of information about profound environmental challenges and complex decisions related to topics such as oil spills, melting Arctic ice, marine sanctuaries, genetically-modified organisms, and species under threat of extinction. To be effective, the scientists tasked with addressing these challenges and informing decisions on these issues must know the basic principles of environmental science and at the same time understand how science plays a critical role in the process of public policy. Situated within our nation’s capital near a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems, Georgetown University’s unique location gives it an unparalleled base for students to gain this breadth of experience. Ultimately, we plan to offer REU students a formative experience that will be instrumental in the decision to pursue an advanced STEM degree or career.

The Summer 2018 program will run from May through early August 2018.

Please contact Professor Matthew Hamilton with any inquiries.