Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake Research Experience

Summer research experience in the arid West

For the last three summers, students came from across the country to spend an intense 10 weeks immersed in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) where they learned about the Tahoe-Truckee-Pyramid watershed while working on individual projects with faculty mentors.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the program is organized by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research and the Great Basin Institute.

The students took field trips to sites at  Tahoe, the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake, the three main bodies of water on which their projects were focused. This gave them a broad overview of the research, policy and management issues throughout the watershed.

They also attended weekly seminars presented by invited speakers and University faculty and staff. The opportunity to meet leaders from a variety of fields and learn about many different issues and viewpoints were key elements of this portion of the program.

Their faculty mentors helped the students develop research skills and complete research projects within their discipline of interest. In addition to the interaction with faculty, most students worked with the mentor’s research lab or group. They presented their own research findings at the University’s campus-wide Undergraduate Summer Research Poster Conference.

A highly successful program, the REU experience was wide-ranging and comprehensive, and it increased the interest in a number of students to attend graduate school.

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