Savannah River Ecology Laboratory REU in Radioecology - students working in wetland


Participants will spend 10 weeks at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, where they have the opportunity to gain hands-on training in radioecology. General themes include: i) the fate of radionuclides in environmental systems (artificial and natural); ii) the impact of radionuclides on the environment; and iii) impacts of secondary contaminants of nuclear production on the environment. Students will conduct research in the field and/or laboratory in areas such as radioecology, ecotoxicology, ecophysiology, disease ecology, genomics, environmental restoration, remediation, risk assessment, and ecosystem ecology. Access to a variety of natural and impacted areas on the SRS, SREL's analytical capabilities, and SREL's history of radioecology research in national and international arenas (e.g., Chernobyl and Fukushima) combine to make this a unique learning environment. SREL's REU in Radioecology is the only program of its kind in the world for undergraduate students.

Details: The program runs from late May to late July each year. Housing will be provided at the University of South Carolina - Aiken dormitories, approximately 30 minutes' drive from SREL. (No housing facilities exist on the SRS.) In addition to free housing, students will receive a stipend of $525/week, a small food allowance, and travel reimbursement. (More details will be provided to selected participants.) Participants should be prepared to work outdoors in hot, humid conditions, and to comply with SRS safety and security requirements. Questions regarding the program should be directed to

Application requirements: Only US citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the REU are eligible to apply. Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 to participate in the REU. To complete the application form, you will need a CV, a copy of your academic transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable), and the names and email addresses of two faculty members who will provide letters of recommendation for you. Your references should submit their letters using the form located at Applications are typically due January 31 of each year, with notifications taking place in March.

Note: Our proposal to renew the REU in Radioecology is currently under review. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 program but may not know whether the program will be funded until after the application deadline has passed. Updates on program status will be posted on this website.