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Research Experience for Community College Students in Critical Zone Science

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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

RECCS (Research Experience for Community College Students in Critical Zone Science) is a summer research internship available to community college students from across Colorado. Ten students receive a weekly stipend to conduct research at the University of Colorado and associated research institutions over a nine-week period. RECCS offers a unique opportunity to conduct research, both field and lab based, while working with a team of scientists. Students learn basic research, writing and communication skills through weekly workshops, and they present their research at a local student science symposium, as well at a national conference.

The critical zone is the Earth's outer skin where rock meets life. It includes the land surface, the air above it, vegetation, water bodies, and it extends through the groundwater zone. An array of important physical, chemical, and biological processes occur in the critical zone over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Due to its complexity scientists from a wide range of disciplines study various aspects of the critical zone, ranging from the Life Sciences to Geological Sciences to name a few. To learn about the diversity of projects RECCS interns have completed, visit the RECCS site to view their elevator speeches in which they describe their research.

This opportunity is open to all community college students in Colorado- all four corners! Housing is provided for students living beyond the Denver Metro area. RECCS seeks to involve students that are historically under-represented in the sciences, such as African American, Native American, Hispanic, first-generation college students and veterans.
upcoming deadline

Application Deadline: 2/12/2018

Program Dates: 6/4/2018 - 8/3/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Colorado, Boulder (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Crop & Soil Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Plant Sciences

Hydrologic Science
Molecular Ecology
Watershed Sciences

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 11/8/2017
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