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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, interpretation and communication.
  • CAChE Discovery 2: Professional Pathways in Aquatic and Environmental Science (BSC-3993) 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.

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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!

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 craeers in STEM fields, and more!

See what our REU students did in 2017

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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

Expand Your Knowledge

We provide educational opportunities and professional training for students, faculty, and researchers.

CAChE Discovery 1: Research in Aquatic Ecosystems

Offered in Fall and Spring semesters, Discovery 1 is for undergraduate students interested in research experience and learning about the science of South Florida's aquatic environments!

Students will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with scientific research, network with graduate students and professors, and learn about opportunities in STEM degrees and careers.
  • Experience first-hand the challenges and rewards that scientists may encounter throughout their careers and acquire skills that will help you build your academic and professional career.

Learn more about Discovery 1

CAChE Discovery 2: Professional Pathways in Aquatic and Environmental Science

Offered in Spring 2018, Discovery 2 is for undergraduate students interested in developing their professional skills and learning about the many pathways to exciting careers in science!

Students will:

  • Work with faculty and graduate mentors to begin to carve their own pathways to professional work in STEM fields.
  • Gain confidence and experience in writing competitive applications, crafting strong resumes, and discovering career options.

Learn more about Discovery 2

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.