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Application Opening Soon

  • 1/03/23 – Student Applications Open
  • 2/15/23 – Deadline to submit applications
  • 2/23/23 – Deadline for letter of recommendation 
  • 3/15/23 – Acceptance notifications will be sent after this date
  • TBD – Deadline for students to accept/decline their acceptance to the program
  • 6/12/23 - 8/6/23 – Students spend 9 weeks at Cal State LA
  • 8/12/23 (Tent.) - Student Presentations (online)


Application Form and Personal Information

All applications and supplemental documents will be accepted online using Google Forms.

Below is a list of the materials you’ll need to submit.

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself. What unique qualities and characteristics will you bring to the program? What are your academic interests, research interests, career goals, and/or any awards and honors you have received? What do you do with your time when you are not in class? This REU program is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future scientific communities. Please describe how you, based on your personal background and life experiences, will contribute to this mission during and after participation in this REU. (400 words maximum)

Research Paragraph

Please describe the types of research you would be interested in undertaking as part of the Cal State LA REU program. Remember to include why you choose your faculty mentor(s). How will this experience support your academic and career goals? Do you have access to existing undergraduate research opportunities at your home institution? What skills, knowledge, and abilities do you hope to develop? What do you expect to gain from your mentor and the research lab community? How do you expect to contribute? (400 words maximum)

Research Area Preference

Please refer to the "Areas of Research at Cal State LA REU Site" table below to indicate your preferred areas of research and mentors. Mark in appropriate boxes in the Google application form.




1. Surface Hydrology of Urban Areas

Increasing Risks of Drought and Flooding over Southern California Associated with Urbanization and Climate Change (Computer Lab)



Ascertaining the Long-term Effects of Best Management Practices in Urban Basins (Computer Lab)


Ecohydrology of Burn Areas in Southern California Watersheds (Field Work, Computer Lab)



2. Climate-Driven Changes in Urban Groundwater

Groundwater Investigations in Salton Sea Area: Small Communities, Farms, and Wetlands (Field Work, Chem Lab, Computer Lab)


Changes in Groundwater Flow Systems due to Urbanization and Climate Change (Computer Lab)


3. Meteorology and Precipitation Along Urban Corridors

Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Demand in Southern California (Computer Lab)



4. Hydrologic and Hydrochemical Change in Urban Watershed/Wetlands

Natural and Contaminant Hydrochemistry of Urban Rivers (Field Work, Chem Lab)


Hydrologic Change in Urban Stream/Aquifer Systems and Coastal Wetlands (Field Work, Chem Lab, Computer Lab)


5. Microplastics in the Environment

Laboratory Experimentation of Microplastic Movement in Post-fire Soils (Chem Lab)


Modeling Microplastic Movement in the Environment (Computer Lab)



Transcript and Resume

Prepare a Curriculum Vitae (1-3 pages) or Resume (1 page) and collect unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts. Files must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format and 10 MB or less to be uploaded.

Information for References

Provide the name and contact information of one (1) professional and/or academic reference on the Google Form. Please note: you are responsible for obtaining a letter of reference. Please see the "Letter of Recommendation" section.

Letter of Recomendation

Request ONE (1) Letter of Reference. You provided the name and contact information of one reference for your application. You are responsible for making sure they email references directly to Dr. Barry Hibbs ([email protected]) with “REU Applicant ’Your Full Name’” in the subject line (for example, a letter referring Bill Smith would be "REU Applicant Bill Smith"). Reference is due by February 23th, 2023.