Undergraduate Education

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 in Radioecology

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, SREL offers Research Experiences in Radioecology for undergraduates. This program is the only REU offered in the field of radioecology.

The 10-week summer program gives eight undergraduate students unprecedented access to SREL laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Students study the transport, fate, and effects of radioactive elements in the environment and on wildlife—areas crucial to our nation’s ability to address emerging issues of nuclear energy production, national security, and nuclear contaminants.

Students will participate in interactive workshops, seminars on radioecology, and obtain  hands-on experience in the field, and in the lab. They will also have the opportunity to develop oral and written communication skills through oral and poster presentations.

The 2018 SREL REU Application Process is closed.  Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by early March, pending program funding. 

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.

*The SREL Summer REU program in Radioecology is a continuation of an undergraduate curriculum in Radioecology that was originally funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. SREL offered the program in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Columbia and the University of South Carolina Aiken.


SREL 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