The Damschen Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking multiple paid Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) students for summer 2022. The program covers all research and travel expenses and supports 12 weeks of full-time work from approximately May through August 2022 with a $6,800-7,200 stipend. The selected students will participate in collaborative, hypothesis-driven research and engage in a range of plant ecology research topics. Outcomes include: (a) experience generating and testing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and summarizing findings; (b) training on field and lab safety and scientific ethics; (c) development of marketable skills such as plant identification, survey methods, and data collection protocols; (d) networking with professors, post-doctoral researchers, and other students; and (e) assistance with career planning. Position-specific descriptions are found below.

Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled as a continuing undergraduate in fall 2022. Ideal candidates will demonstrate: (a) an interest in plants, field research, and/or outdoor activities; (b) the ability to take direction and learn from others; (c) strong work ethic, self-motivation, and critical thinking skills; and (d) a desire develop independent research questions. The Damschen Lab aims to make science and ecology more inclusive of people of all identities, and we strongly encourage people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Please see our full mission and values statement on our website.

Climate change and disturbance in tallgrass prairie (Madison, WI): One REU student will work under the supervision of Katherine Charton to design and implement an independent project that investigates the impact of climate and disturbance on plant microhabitats and soil processes. The student will also assist in treatment application, site maintenance, and plant community data collection in two field experiments. The student will be based at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) and can expect to travel on day trips for supervised fieldwork. To apply, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/uVnqtRYwqNzqB7Kp9. We will begin review of applications immediately and will take additional applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Interviews will be scheduled starting in March. Questions should be addressed to Katherine Charton at charton@wisc.edu.

Seed survival in longleaf pine savanna (Aiken, SC): One REU student will work under the supervision of Angelica Bautista, along with a team of collaborators with the Corridor Project, to design and implement an independent project that investigates the effects of land use history and fire regime on seed survival. The student can expect to live near the Savannah River Site (Aiken, SC) for the duration of the position. To apply, please send the following to Angelica Bautista at abautista3@wisc.edu by March 15: (1) resume or CV, (2) brief cover letter detailing why you are interested in the position (1 page max), and (3) names and contact information for 2 references.

Ant dynamics in longleaf pine savanna (Blacksburg, VA): One REU student will work under the supervision of Melissa Burt, along with a team of collaborators with the Corridor Project, to design and implement an independent project that investigates the effects of habitat connectivity on ant communities. The student will be based at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and can expect to travel to the Savannah River Site (Aiken, SC) for 2-3 one-week trips in June and July for supervised fieldwork. To apply, please send the following to Melissa Burt at melissaburt@vt.edu by February 28: (1) resume or CV, (2) brief cover letter detailing why you are interested in the position (1 page max), and (3) names and contact information for 2 references.