NSFNational Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

Admissions for the 2017 REU program are now closed.

Dates for the 2017 program are June 5 through July 28


An eight-week summer program is sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The first week will consider aspects of the scientific process and experimental design before spending seven weeks in the country of Turkey (based at Uludag University in Bursa) to study aspects of the foraging ecology of solitary bees and honey bees in their native region of the world. These pollinator species are invasive in the United States but have potentially positive impacts on agriculture in both the US and Turkey. Understanding the link between organisms and their history in other regions of the world is a major goal of this program. In addition, undergraduates will be shown the importance of international scientific collaboration as they participate in research objectives (described below) with a multinational team of scientists from the US, Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria.

TRAVEL, HOUSING, AND MEALS WILL BE COVERED FOR THE PARTICIPANTS. A $4,200 STIPEND WILL BE PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANTS. Cost of the Turkish visa (about $25) will be subtracted from the stipend. Course credit is optional.

Research Information: Three broad areas of investigation are included in the project. These include: Collaborative, hypothesis-driven research will be used to produce presentations and publications on the following topics that are suited to the strengths of the host institutions: (1) Bee-Plant Interactions in Variable Habitats(ÇOMU and/or UA), (2) Behavioral Ecology and Comparative Psychology of Honey Bees (METU), and (3) Behavioral and Physiological Responses by Bees to Stress (UU). The results will inform global-scale, scientific problems relating to CCD and pollinator decline. Student Participants will be exposed to the intersection of ancient history and modern scientific research. Their findings will contribute to research on a cornerstone pollinator species that sustains tens of billions of dollars worth of agricultural systems throughout the world. This experience will further the understanding of research as an international phenomenon, especially given that real world problems are often global in scale. The PI and Senior Personnel links below, allow you to see the nature of the investigators' work in these and other areas.

NSF Abstract
Senior Personnel:
Dr. John F. Barthell - PI (Please direct questions to Dr. Barthell at reu@uco.edu
Dr. Charles I. Abramson - Co-PI
Dr. John Hranitz

Dr. Victor Gonzalez
Dr. Tugrul Giray