The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute (ESI) Research Experience for Undergraduates in integrated environmental science gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research into Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.
WHY CONDUCT RESEARCH ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS IN SEMI-ARID REGIONS?
The environmental challenges posed by global change are among the greatest our society faces, and science provides the means to understand the nature and extent of these challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, and threats to water resources and infrastructure systems. The complex nature of these problems demands that scientists be prepared to analyze these issues from multiple perspectives, integrating knowledge of science, policy, and practice. Addressing these requires an interdisciplinary approach that intertwines geology, hydrology, ecology, and civil and environmental engineering with fields addressing human impacts such as environmental policy, law, and sustainability. An interdisciplinary approach to understanding these global change issues is, thus, an imperative for any successful solution.Disciplines in climate change research.
WHY STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN?
The University of Texas at Austin is home to top faculty and researchers in the area of global change research, and the Environmental Science Institute brings together UT researchers from a variety of disciplines to build connections between scientific and policy fields related to the environment in the area of Global Change, thereby giving REU participants a broad perspective on the state of climate change science and impacts. This also means that undergraduates in the REU conduct environmental research that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and participants are encouraged to tackle these multidimensional environmental issues with this unique, interdisciplinary perspective. ESI’s REU in Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions offers: (1) an engaging research experience, (2) the excitement of scientific inquiry, (3) professional development opportunities, (4) research communication workshops and symposia, and (5) an expanded perspective on graduate school and a career in science.
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