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Interns going out for fieldwork accompanied by their research mentors.
Interns going out for fieldwork accompanied by their research mentors.

New opportunities for undergraduate environmental research

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Interdisciplinary environmental research internships for undergraduate students are now available for summer 2024

With the rising sea levels and changing climate across the globe, it has become increasingly important to conduct research to preserve the environment, particularly in coastal regions like Delaware. 

The Coastal Critical Zone Network, managed by the University of Delaware’s Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), is looking at the impacts of sea-level rise and salt water intrusion on the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

The team at the Critical Zone Network is searching for interns for summer 2024 to research topics like coastal hydrology, biogeochemistry and ecosystems. Funded by the National Science Foundation, these paid undergraduate internships involve a combination of laboratory, outdoor fieldwork, and computational elements. Students work in close mentorship from faculty members across the network, including the University of Delaware, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, George Washington University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Internships last 10 weeks and include a $6,000 stipend with additional funding available for housing. Applications are due Friday, March 15. For more information about these opportunities, visit the Coastal Critical Zone Network website

DENIN supports students in interdisciplinary environmental research, like the Coastal Critical Zone, by building student cohorts and providing training in topics like science communication and inclusion. Other current opportunities include a ShoreRivers Summer Internship working to improve waterways across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Check out this and other internship opportunities on DENIN’s website.

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