Citizen Science GIS NSF REU and RET Site
Postponement of Citizen Science GIS REU/RET Site for 2020
After careful consideration in relation to the uncertainty related to COVID-19 both in the US and in Central America, we have made the decision to cancel our REU/RET Site for the summer of 2020. This is a difficult decision, but the health and safety of our students, faculty and community partners are most important to us. To our prospective applicants: we hope that you will continue to follow our work and also consider applying for the Summer 2021 program. We know this is disappointing news, but know that each of you will have many more opportunities to engage in research and international work if you keep aiming high and seeking out such opportunities. Please remember to keep people at the core of your work as you carry on in your life’s work. That’s what we’ll continue to do at Citizen Science GIS. To our community partners in Hopkins Village, Belize: we are sorry we won’t be able to work with you, learn from you, and experience the friendliest village in Belize with our larger team this summer. Know that we will return with our larger team in Summer 2021, and that Dr. Hawthorne and a smaller student team will return later this year to continue our important work together. With the uncertainty happening all over the globe, we remain optimistic that science will continue to shine and continue to connect with society, even in our most difficult moments.
With hope toward the future, Dr. Timothy Hawthorne and Dr. Hannah Torres
We are pleased to host a 2020 NSF REU and RET Site in Orlando and Belize focused on community geography, geographic information systems, and citizen science to explore and understand issues related to flooding and waste/marine debris. The priority application deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 5 pm EST.
U.S. undergraduates and K-12 teachers join us for a paid summer research experience that will change your entire perspective on what it means to be an international community scholar! The University of Central Florida’s Community GIS and Citizen Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers Site is funded by National Science Foundation Award #1560015. Our international REU and RET Site is part of the UCF Department of Sociology and the UCF GIS Cluster Initiative at the second largest university in the United States. We are looking forward to hosting a group of at least 8 outstanding undergraduate students and at least 2 K-12 teachers from across the country in summer 2020 in Belize and in Orlando, Florida. We emphasize engaged, community-based research while also preparing students for future academic and non-academic careers in GIS, geospatial technologies, geography, sociology, geosciences, education, community development, public health, and land use planning. We prepare K-12 teachers to incorportate these approaches and technologies into their K-12 classrooms to inspire science's next generation.