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CAChE Discovery courses

Students on Everglades air boat field trip

We are excited to announce two free* 1-credit courses at FIU, offered in Spring 2018 for accepted students:

  • CAChE Discovery 1: Research in Aquatic Ecosystems (BSC-2917) introduces undergraduates to the science of South Florida’s environments, and gives students some research experience through field trips and sample collection, as well as data analysis,
  • CAChE Discovery 2: Professional Pathways in Aquatic and Environmental Science (BSC-3930) helps students discover the range of careers available to them in science fields, and prepares them to build a strong CV/resume and apply for fellowships and other opportunities after graduation.

*Free at the in-state tuition rate.

Summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Want to gain first-hand research experience in South Florida's unique environments? The CAChE REU program is now accepting applications for its summer fellowship! During this paid ten-week program, students will learn about CREST CAChE research and work with faculty and students in South Florida's diverse ecosystems: conducting field work, collecting samples, doing laboratory analyses, interpreting data and presenting results. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply!

Student holding sea star on a boat

Summer 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Congratulations to our very first cohort of REU students on an amazing summer of accomplishments! Ten weeks saw soil core sampling in the mangroves of Puerto Rico, air boat rides through the Everglades, educational boat trawls in the estuaries of Ten Thousand Islands, a panel of experts giving advice on future degrees and careers in STEM fields, and more!

See what our REU students did in 2017

six students line up for a photo in front of a fountain at FIU

Educational Objectives

Graduate Opportunities and Training

Interact with academic, government, and industry partners across disciplines and participate in training in aquatic chemistry and environmental research, as well as data analytics.

Student Research: Field to Lab

Work with researchers to evaluate chemical and non-chemical stressors and ecosystem responses and use data analytic tools to synthesize this information visually for broader applications and use by decision-makers.

Professional Development Funding

Over the first 5 years, a minimum of 30 graduate students will be supported, with another 15-30 students to be partially funded and/or participating. Each year, a minimum of 30 additional (non-CREST CAChE) students are expected to attend professional development workshops

Training and Professional Development

Our faculty are dedicated to advancing research and educational change that uses the latest evidence-based instructional practices to better prepare our students to begin their careers.

Hands-On Learning

We are increasing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to conduct their own authentic research while advancing ongoing aquatic and environmental projects, using data analytics tools, methodologies, and ecological risk assessments. With our diverse student population, we have a unique opportunity to encourage and engage students who are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering fields.


Multidisciplinary Guidance

In collaboration with the STEM Transformation Institute, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) experts across FIU will mentor and train students to be future researchers and environmental professionals. 


Join the Team

Hone your skills and be a part of CREST CAChE. We are currently recruiting for multiple graduate student fellows to join CREST. Check out the mentors in our Research & Training section. Choose your mentor and let us know your interest. Students must be a US citizen or permanent resident to receive a CREST fellowship.