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CREST CAChE will create opportunities for FIU students – 75% of whom are from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields – to experience authentic, innovative, and socially-relevant environmental research, and foster their development as future STEM professionals. 


Research Experience for Undergraduates

Keep up-to-date with our Summer 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates program here, where we will post updates to our REU Events Calendar and feature regular highlights of our new undergraduate cohort and their research.

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Discovery 1: Research in Aquatic Ecosystems

Please note for Fall 2017 registration: Prior to 8/1/2017, this course will be temporarily listed as BSC 4934-U02: Topics in Biology. After August 1st it can be found under its permanent course listing as BSC 2990: CAChE Discovery 1.

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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.

Discovery One: Research

Offered in Spring 2017, Discovery One is a free one-credit course for undergraduate students that will recruit undergraduate freshman, sophomore and junior students from all majors to CREST CAChE.

Undergraduates will:

  • Conduct research using existing datasets related to environmental issues in South Florida.
  • Experience the challenges and rewards that scientists encounter throughout their careers.
  • Write competitive applications to graduate schools, NSF Graduate Fellowships and resumes.

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Discovery Two: CAChE Careers

Offered in Fall 2017, Discovery Two is a free one-credit course for undergraduate students who took Discovery One, as well as others with permission.

  • The course will prepare students for graduate schools and careers, through hands-on professional development training.
  • Students will write applications for graduate schools, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, and develop their own professional resumes.
  • All applications will be reviewed by CREST CAChE faculty and graduate students, who will provide feedback.

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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.