Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.88
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date April 30, 2014
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University of Texas at Austin
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute (ESI) Research Experience for Undergraduates in integrated environmental science gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research into The Science of Global Change and Sustainability. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and in the past has been operated in tandem with ESI's Research Experience for Teachers.

The Program accepts students from across the country and teachers from the Austin area, and is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Participants spend ten weeks designing a research project, participating in a research group, and presenting their work. Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. Students will also participate in field excursions related to their research. The summer program will conclude with a research poster session and open house.

The summer 2014 REU program research will focus on one of four major themes:
-Impacts on Ecosystems
-Impacts on Watersheds and the Land Surface
-Campus Sustainability
-Reconstructing Past Global Change

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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