9 weeks over Summer 2022 (likely May 30 to July 29, but TBD)


University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Application Deadline:

February 15, 2022

Application Instructions

COVID-19 provisions: In the unlikely event that travel to USF is not possible due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, the REU will be offered online. However, this program was successful completed on campus in the summer of 2021 so we do not foresee there being any major obstacles for summer 2022.

Students are paid a $600/week stipend along with free housing, food stipend, travel allowance to/from Tampa, FL, and a travel allowance to present their research at a national conference.

REU participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

For the Summer of 2022 the University of South Florida has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host eight undergraduate students who will be starting their junior or senior year in Fall 2022 to work on an interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focusing on Urban Water Sustainability (UWS). The students accepted into the program will be paired in a team and work with research mentors on specific topics that address environmental concerns related to UWS.

The REU consists of five components, 1-4 occurring during the nine-week summer REU and the fifth in the following spring:

1) mentored research project

2) research methods course

3) a short course on water sustainability

4) experiential learning field trips

5) all REU UGs presenting their findings at one regional or national conference in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 depending on conference.

There will be four research projects as part of this REU:

Project 1: Innovative solutions to urban sanitary infrastructure rehabilitation | Faculty mentor: Dr. Mahmood Nachabe

Project 2:Microbial biofiltration of drinking water | Faculty mentor: Dr. Katherine Alfredo

Project 3: Using urban forests and tree canopy to reduce stormwater runoff | Faculty mentors: Drs. Mauricio Arias and Shawn Landry

Project 4: Environmental Justice from the Ground(water) Up | Faculty mentor: Dr. Christian Wells