Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accelerating New Environmental Workskills

The REU ANEW summer internship program is currently inactive.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU ANEW summer internship program provided 30 undergraduate students with immersive, interdisciplinary training in authentic research from 2019-2022. During the 10-week summer research program, diverse undergraduate student cohorts developed critical research and thinking skills that will empower them to tackle complex, interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health. REU students participated in weekly professional development workshops to build skills in problem solving, research design, data analysis, and communication. At the conclusion of the program, students presented their results at a One Health ANEW research symposium.  

The student internship experience was shaped by faculty, practitioner, and graduate student mentorship, as well as cohort-based peer-to-peer support. In addition to a primary faculty research mentor and graduate student bench mentors, students were also paired with a “broader impacts” mentor from outside of academia, whose role was to share the relevance of One Health research to real-world problems and foster student interest in career options in their field.  

Working with faculty and graduate students in the University of Maine’s One Health and the Environment Initiative, REU participants pursued diverse research topics that spanned the natural and social sciences, from lab to field to policy, from marine to terrestrial species. To learn about student experiences from our prior REU ANEW cohorts, check out their mid-program blog entries here

For further information about the faculty mentors, please visit our faculty participant page. Despite the fact that our REU program is not currently active, interested prospective students are still encouraged to reach out directly to faculty members to inquire about positions in their respective lab groups. 

Funding for this program was provided by the National Science Foundation under Award #1849802 to the University of Maine (PIs: Anne Lichtenwalner and Kristina Cammen). Questions about the REU ANEW program may be directed to

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Students with clam rakes examining marine life on a beach
Students working in a laboratory with a bottle and pipette