Cohen, A. S.. University of Arizona, acohen@geo.arizona.edu
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THE NYANZA PROJECT: A RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU) IN TROPICAL LAKE STUDIES
 
The Nyanza Project is a new NSF-REU program that exposes promising undergraduates to research opportunities on tropical lakes. This six week program (funded through 2002) , is based at Lake Tanganyika, and involves 12 American and 12 African students in a multidisciplinary approach to tropical lake research. Three weeks of field, lab and classroom training are followed by three week independent or group research projects. Four faculty mentors guide the students in exploring research opportunities available at Lake Tanganyika in limnogeology, paleolimnology, physical and chemical limnology, aquatic ecology and evolutionary biology. American students are recruited from schools throughout the US, including one high school science teacher per year. A prominent feature of the Nyanza Project is its cross-cultural nature, allowing students from different educational backgrounds to interact and learn from one another in the lab and field. African students, from the riparian countries around Lake Tanganyika, are funded through the United Nations' Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project, and work and live with their American counterparts. The long term goals for the Nyanza Project are to positively influence the direction of tropical lake research in the US through an exciting early-career opportunity, and to provide meaningful research opportunities to young African scientists.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 08:30 - 08:45am
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS53WE0830E