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Unfortunately, the faculty participants of the NSF REU Response of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas are unable to receive applicants for Summer 2021. This was a difficult decision, but given the field- and lab-intensive nature of the REU we are unable to provide similar experiences either remotely or in hybrid mode. We hope you stay safe during this time; we expect to offer the REU Site as an on-campus experience in Summer 2022.

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Pending – Student Applications Open
Pending – Deadline to submit applications
Pending – Deadline for letter of recommendation 
Pending – Acceptance notifications will be sent around this date
Pending – Deadline for students to accept/decline their acceptance to the program
Pending – Students spend 10 weeks at Cal State LA working on 1 of 5 projects


Send all application materials as word or pdf files to [email protected]

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

- Application Form and Personal Information 
- Personal Statement 
- Research Paragraph

  • 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 that you’ve 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. (max. 3000 characters)

  • Research Paragraph: Please describe the types of research you would be interested in undertaking as part of the Cal State LA REU program. Be sure to include why you are choosing 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? (150 word minimum)

- 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 application form.

    Areas of Research at Cal State LA REU Site

    Theme Area

    Subproject Title

    Subproject Ref. No.


    1. Surface Hydrology of Urban Areas

    Increasing the Risks of Drought and Flooding over S. California Associated with Urbanization and Climate Change



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



    2. Climate Driven Changes in Urban Groundwater

    Isotopic and Hydrologic Change in Urban Stream/Aquifer Systems



    Changes in Groundwater Flow Systems due to Urbanization and Climate Change



    3. Meteorology and Precipitation Along Coastal Urban Corridors

    Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Demand in S. California.




    4. Hydrochemistry of Urban Streams/ Hydrochemical Methods Development

    Evaluation of Water Quality Changes Upstream and Downstream of Wastewater Treatment Plants in Urban Areas



    5. River Sedimentation and Restoration in California Coastal Watersheds

    Stream Restoration and Naturalization in Urban Rivers



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

    - Transcript and Resume. Please send a CV (1-3 pages) or Resume (1 page) and unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts to [email protected]. Files must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format and 10 MB or less to be emailed


    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 pending.