ERIE-REU Program Description


The Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at the University at Buffalo (UB) is a ten-week summer program that began in 2010.   ERIE-REU participants have a choice of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that promote student interactions with multiple investigators within the theme of ecosystem restoration. Combining laboratory and field experimentation with mathematical modeling and simulation, research is organized in three themed areas:

  • Restoration of groundwater resources;
  • Restoration of lakes, rivers, and aquatic systems; and
  • Engineering for sustainability.

The ERIE-REU Program spans several academic departments at UB including Biology, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Geography, and Geology. Additionaly, some of our projects involve outside partners such as Buffalo State College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Tifft Nature Preserve, and the Tuscarora Nation Environmental Program.

Highlights of the ERIE-REU program

  • An original research project with one or multiple faculty members;
  • Development workshops in environmental and professional ethics, research methods, and techniques for data analysis;
  • Social activites and field trips to learn about ecosystem restoration efforts in the lower Great Lakes and the environment of western NY. Past trips have included Niagara Falls State Park, Letchworth State Park, Love Canal, and the Buffalo waterfront;
  • Opportunity to disseminate research results through oral and poster presentations at a culminating research symposium.

In addition to the research experience, UB's ERIE-REU students receive a $5,000 stipend and housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex.


Students must be available to fully participate in the program for the entire 10 weeks plus a required three-day orientation.  The research program requires a full-time commitment.  To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through fall of the following year (graduating seniors cannot be accepted). Vist the "How to Apply" page for more information.

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