NSF REU Site Crop Diversity and Rural Livelihoods in Vermont and Uganda

Call for Applications:

NSF REU Site at the University of Vermont and Sterling College

We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of on-farm crop diversity in rural Vermont and rural Uganda.

Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at the University of Vermont (UVM) in rural development theory, social survey research methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Uganda students will collect and analyze original farm, household and spatial data from smallholder farms and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts on links between crop diversity and livelihood outcomes.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted online via submit online.

Review of applications will begin on February 28th and continue until filled. The 2021 Summer REU Site program will run from approximately June 14th Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ August 9th, with some flexibility depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, safety precautions, and quarantine needs. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible).

Details about the project and application instructions can be found at: Details about the project and application instructions