As a program funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, our REU and RET Site has several broader impacts. #1: The REU serves as the first international research training program for students focused explicitly on interdisciplinary, team-based inquiry using community geography and GIS. #2: Building from the 32 students funded from 2016-2019, 30 additional students will be funded from 2020-2022 to develop an understanding of and appreciation for community-based geographic inquiry in international settings through team-based science, fostering both scientific and technical skills and other essential career skills like communication, problem solving and adaptability. #3: The REU also has practical significance for Belize communities as new geospatial research is conducted to support spatial decision making and foster science-informed citizens. Shared GIS products, data, research findings and community reports will be disseminated on the project site. #4: As students live abroad, they will encounter challenges and opportunities that are specific to doing international research. Over time, such knowledge can lead to a transformative experience helping students develop into more globally aware, ethical researchers. #5: With the new RET, additional educational opportunities for K-12 educators and students will develop allowing for stronger exposure to geospatial technologies in U.S. and Belize classrooms.

REU 2019 students programming DJI Phantom 4 drones to collect field data