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We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2022 cohort, and the program will run from June 12th to August 13th, 2022. The application link can be found on the “how to apply” page. Please read all application information there before submitting.

The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.

Phosphorus is a pernicious and costly environmental pollutant. In areas of intensive agriculture, lakes are toxic at certain times of the year with blue-green algae bloom because of phosphorus pollution. 

Solving the phosphorus pollution problem is not simple. A complex mix of social, economic, and environmental factors influences phosphorus use and misuse. 

Students who participate in LAKES will spend two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in biology, economics, anthropology, engineering, psychology, and political science.

LAKES REU Summer 2017 / Rachel Hallgrimson

Our interdisciplinary approach seeks to better prepare students in their analytical skills while also furthering our knowledge for improving eutrophic lakes, particularly in the Midwestern U.S.

Our approach involves close work with community and governmental partners, local citizens, and policymakers.  Students get the opportunity to see their research directly impact the community around them and make real-world contributions to new science and policy.

LAKES REU Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the Algae

This blog documents the experiences and discoveries of the students and faculty members involved in the LAKES REU.
LAKES team on a pasture-walk researching sustainable agricultural management techniques

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Health of Red Cedar watershed topic of LAKES students, mentors Aug. 11 community presentation

Eleven researchers from around U.S. invite conversations on challenges, opportunities in the region

LAKES REU researchers combine interdisciplinary knowledge to analyze health of Red Cedar watershed

Professors lead eleven students from around the U.S. in ‘helping to facilitate positive change in land use, water quality’

University’s limnology center helps bring clear water back to region’s lakes

From left, intern Heidi Lieffort, CLRR Director Bill James and CLRR Manager Mai Lia Vang sample water from Horse Creek in Polk County.