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Interested in research?

August 22, 2012

If you are interested in research, then SUPER is for you!

Skills for Undergraduate Participation in Ecological Research (SUPER) is a new program for undergraduate students interested in gaining experience with an ecology research group on campus. You will gain knowledge, skill, experience and an opportunity to conduct your own research.

Research guidance

The program is 2-3 semesters long, and is designed to guide you through your research experience while earning course credit for each semester (WR 495 for fall 2012).

In the first semester, you will attend six workshops led by Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory scientists with lessons to get you ready for hands-on research. In the second semester, you will begin doing research with a mentor who has similar interests. Possible research topics include: African Ecosystems and Societies; Global Environmental Sustainability; Greenhouse Gas Mitigation; Rocky Mountain Environment and Society; and Climate Change Research. Your mentor and cohort will guide you in your research. Upon completion of the second semester, you will have gained technical and cognitive skills, such that you understand both the “how” and the “why” of what you are doing in your research.

At the end of the second semester, you will have an opportunity to continue with your research or be employed by the NREL scientists. To continue with your research, you will write a mini-proposal to a NREL scientist or graduate student. Your independent research question should require roughly 10 hours of work per week. To be employed, you will work directly for the mentor’s research.

Research independently

After completing SUPER, you will have gained the ability to be an independent researcher with critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to design and test hypotheses. Additionally, you will be able to communicate your research to both a scientific and general audience. With the feedback and guidance of your mentors and research group, you will be encouraged to submit posters or oral presentations at regional conferences, such as the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium at CSU.

SUPER is also holding informational meetings at the following times:

  • 8/29 at 7 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences 105
  • 8/30 at 7 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences 105

To register for fall 2012, contact Nikki Blanken. Questions about the program can be directed to Jessica Ernakovich.

Contact: Jessica Ernakovich
Phone: (970) 491-2689