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LAKES REU is a multi-disciplinary research undergraduate experience that focuses research effort on the waterways of the Red Cedar Watershed. / UW-Stout

The 2022 LAKES REU program will run from June 12th to August 13th, 2022. We are currently accepting applications and all applications and supporting materials are due at 1/24/2022 by 11:59 pm. Please read the rest of this page before starting your application.

Students can apply to work on one of 4 projects for the summer: Environmental Social Influence (mentor Sarah Wood), Engineering of Remediation and Monitoring Strategies (mentor Devin Berg), Bioremediation of Nutrients (mentor Arthur Kneeland), or Ethnography of Phosphorus Mitigation Governance and Community Capacity (mentor Tina Lee).

LAKES 2022 Projects

Environmental Social Influence
Mentor Sarah Wood

This project will explore the use of social influence, particularly normative influence, to promote environmentally sustainable behavior change. We will identify the attitudes and behaviors that are likely to directly impact water quality in the region and the relevant individuals (e.g., community members, farmers, political leaders) who would be likely targets for attitude and behavior change interventions. Then we will design and test the relative efficacy of different social influence techniques on changing these attitudes and behaviors.

Engineering of Remediation and Monitoring Strategies
Mentor Devin Berg

This project will investigate some of the many possible remediations available to address environmental pollutants within the Red Cedar watershed. The challenge of watershed remediation also provides ample opportunity for the development of smart, connected, electro-mechanical devices. Such devices could provide automated environmental monitoring and data collection, distributed across the watershed, as well as provide responsive platforms for the growth of treatment wetlands with greater efficiency and resiliency. Student projects will research, design, and prototype solutions for watershed remediation and monitoring.

Bioremediation of Nutrients
Mentor Arthur Kneeland

This project will continue to analyze various methods of reducing aquatic nutrients in the Red Cedar Basin—either by preventing them from entering the water, or via plant extraction once in the water. Traditional Floating Treatment Wetlands (FTW) are an excellent tool for phytoremediation of nutrient pollution, but there are significant problems with applying them on large lakes and in conditions with ice flows. We will explore alternative FTW strategies that are tolerant of these issues specific to local lakes as well as methods for excluding nutrients from the water, applying both methods to in situ experiments.

Ethnography of Phosphorus Mitigation Governance and Community Capacity
Mentor Tina Lee

This project will use ethnographic methods to explore the policy landscape and community capacity. Student projects will focus on how state and local government officials have responded to recent changes in policy, staffing, and funding. In addition, we will gather data about organizations and actors outside of government who play a role in shaping how famers manage their land: crop and dairy consultants, implement dealers, seed companies, loan and insurance agents, and farmer organizations. Finally, research will continue to explore community capacity including how, why, and in what ways community stakeholders are engaged or disengaged in working towards better water quality in the Red Cedar Basin.


Eligible students include those who:

  • are available for the duration of the 9-week program from early June through early August (June 12th to August 13th, 2022) 
  • are enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • have not graduated by June 2022
  • are not attending classes in Summer 2022

We prioritize students who are most interested in working with the subject matter and research interests of our faculty mentors, first-generation students, racial and ethnic minorities, or women.


Before starting the application form, please be prepared with a transcript (unofficial is fine), resume, personal statement, and names/emails of 2-3 professional references. The personal statement should be one or two pages explaining your interest in the LAKES REU and how it fits with your skills and future academic plans.

  • What skills and knowledge will you bring to the project and our research?
  • How will participation in the LAKES REU help you to achieve your goals?
  • How is this REU and the research we will be doing meaningful, relevant, or interesting to you? 

To submit your application, click here.