Undergraduate Education


The SREL undergraduate program is a competitive opportunity open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education who are considering careers in ecology and/or the environmental disciplines. Students will work with faculty, staff, and graduate students as junior colleagues. They will be involved in all phases of research: planning and design to analysis and manuscript preparation. Study at SREL provides an unprecedented opportunity for undergraduates to publish and present their findings. To date, more than 170 manuscripts have been authored and published by SREL undergraduates in respected journals and symposium volumes. Many of these students have also presented at scientific meetings and go on to graduate school and careers in science. Funding support for undergraduates is available through research grants awarded to our faculty.

For additional information regarding the undergraduate program, please email undergrad@srel.uga.edu.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

SREL is committed to recruiting undergraduates with limited STEM research opportunities. The SREL REU recruitment plan centers on accessibility to the program for students from states with the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR states. First generation college students, veterans, and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and from primarily undergraduate institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Please see the application for additional details. 

This program is in partnership with the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Please check back for updates on the REU Program.

2018 Cohort

From left to right, front row, Laura Stabler-Tindal, Kaiya Cain, Heaven Tharp, Fredericka Tucker, and Sierra Britt. Back row, Christian Moreno Gomez, Ryne Maness, and Trevaris Brown (end of the row). Kristopher Weekes (second from the last), is a visiting student from Ft. Valley State University’s REU program.


2017 Cohort

From left to right, front row are Jessica Gray, Elizabeth DiBona, Demetrius Calloway, Caleigh Quick, Manette Tanelus, Mariela Muniz-Gonzalez; left to right, back row, Collin Topolski, Kaitlin Wilms, Jacob Jakielaszek, Kip Callahan, Eric Tokuyama, Robert Lewis, Michael Christianson, and Melissa Lech.

2016 Cohort

From left to right, front row are Christian Dicks, Jill Banach, Michaela Lambert, Amelia Russell, Sarah Abercrombie, and Brooke Lindell; second row, Nia Peak, Christina Fulghum, and Kyle Brown; back row, Deonte Burston, Emily Edwards, and Sheldon Davis.

Students from 2016 Cohort

2015 Cohort

From left to right, front row are Emily Dorward, Marilyn Mason, Melissa Thompson, Alexis Korotasz, Lauren Laatsch, Shaina Carrington, Naya Eady, and Demarcus Rainey; second row, Carlos Tapia, Nathaniel Fox, Jarad Cochran, Josh King, and Morgan Reed.

students from 2015 cohort

 SREL Summer Interns

The SREL 2014 Summer Interns

From left to right, front row are Kayla Fettro, Sierra Mannix, Austin Coleman, Amanda Jones, Courtney Burckhalter; second row,  Jeffery Petersen, Paul Thomas, Chris Leaphart, and Chris Murphy.

students from 2014 cohort