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ERES - Environmental Research Experience for Students

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Environmental Research Experience for Students (ERES)

ERES is designed to provide undergraduate students with meaningful experience in scholarly research and creative activity focused on important environmental issues of the day. ERES will consist of semester-long, 1-3 credit-hour reading and research courses. The Environmental Studies BS degree will require a minimum of 6 credit hours (≥3 practical research) in either environmentally related natural sciences, environmentally related social sciences, or environmentally related humanities.

ERES Structure: Faculty from across CAS with interest and expertise in water and other environmental issues will take on one or more undergraduate students each semester (similar to Independent Study and Honors Reading and Research) and involve the students directly in active, actual research within their specific discipline. Click on the link here to view Environmental Studies Affiliate Faculty

ERES Courses:

  • ENST 2940 (Research Reading); ENST 2950 (Practical Research)
  • ENST 3940 (Research Reading); ENST 3950 (Practical Research)

Students and sponsoring faculty would be eligible for financial support for their research each year (competitive, similar to UROP awards) in order to cover costs of expendables and consumables.

Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science majors are required 6 complete credit hoursof research experience before graduation.  However all STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a research or internship experience before graduation in order to further increase your ability to compete for your dream career.

If you have questions or need help getting started, please feel free to contact Liz Ross at eaross@ou.edu. Click on the link below to download your application/agreement form to take with you when you meet with a possible research mentor. 

Cindy Belardo meeting with her faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Givel from the Dept. of Political Science, to plan her environmental research project.