Published: Jan. 27, 2022

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The NSF-supported Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program has opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research during the summer of 2022. Each participant will develop a personalized project under the guidance of a suitable mentor associated with the Jornada LTER and/or New Mexico State University.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend of $8,000 for the summer field season (5/15 – 8/14) to cover stipend, living, and travel expenses. Activities will be conducted on the campus of NMSU with fieldwork at the Jornada research site northeast of Las Cruces, NM.

How to Apply

Applications will be evaluated upon submission, with priority given to those received before the deadline, and positions being filled as long as funding is available. Applications from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged. Based on their interests, applicants can select one or more of the research outlines below, or work with a JRN mentor to develop their own ideas. Complete applications should include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts

About the Jornada LTER

The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Program is focused on the ecology of drylands in the southwest USA, including the causes and consequences of alternative ecosystem states and expansion of woody plants into grasslands.

We are interested in spatial and temporal variation in ecosystem dynamics, and how historic legacies, geomorphology, wind, water, climate, and land use interact with vegetation, soils, microbes, and animals to determine past, present, and future ecosystem states across different scales. We use a large suite of long-term ecological and climatic data to understand and predict these dynamics.

More information on the LTER program is available at

Applications Due: March 15, 2022

To apply, send all application materials compiled into a single file (e.g. PDF) to: Madeleine Soss (

For more information and REU application, click here.