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1/10/23 – Student Applications Open
2/10/23 – Deadline to submit applications
2/21/23 – Deadline for letter of recommendation 
3/15/23 – Acceptance notifications will be sent after this date
TBD – Deadline for students to accept/decline their acceptance to the program
6/13/23 - 8/7/23 – Students spend 9 weeks at Cal State LA
8/12/23 (Tent.) - Student Presentations (online)


All applications and supplemental documents will be accepted online using Google Forms 

Below is a list of the materials you’ll need.

  • Application Form and Personal Information

  • Personal Statement: Tell us about yourself. What unique qualities and characteristics will you bring to the program? What are your academic interests, research interests, career goals, and/or any awards and honors that you’ve received? What do you do with your time when you are not in class? This REU program is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future scientific communities. Please describe how you, based on your personal background and life experiences, will contribute to this mission during and after participation in this REU. (max. 3000 characters)

  • Research Paragraph: Please describe the types of research you would be interested in undertaking as part of the Cal State LA REU program. Be sure to include why you are choosing your faculty mentor(s). How will this experience support your academic and career goals? Do you have access to existing undergraduate research opportunities at your home institution? What skills, knowledge, and abilities do you hope to develop? What do you expect to gain from your mentor and the research lab community? How do you expect to contribute? (150-word minimum)

  • Research Area Preference: Please refer to the "Areas of Research at Cal State LA REU Site" table below to indicate your preferred areas of research and mentors.  Mark in appropriate boxes in the Google application form.

Areas of Research at Cal State LA REU Site
Theme Area Subproject Title Subproject Ref. No. Investigators
1. Surface Hydrology of Urban Areas Increasing the Risks of Drought and Flooding over S. California Associated with Urbanization and Climate Change 1 Li
Ascertaining the Long-term Effects of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Urban Basins 2 Lopez/Menezes
2. Climate-Driven Changes in Urban Groundwater Isotopic and Hydrologic Change in Urban Stream/Aquifer Systems 3 Hibbs
Changes in Groundwater Flow Systems due to Urbanization and Climate Change 4 Menezes/Lopez
3. Meteorology and Precipitation Along Coastal Urban Corridors Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Demand in S. California. 5 LaDochy/Li
4. Hydrochemistry of Urban Streams/ Hydrochemical Methods Development Evaluation of Biogeochemical Processes in Heavily Urbanized Watersheds and Streams 6 Hibbs/Beland
5. Microplastics in the Environment Laboratory Experimentation of Microplastic Movement in Post-fire Soils  7 Menezes/Wang
Modeling microplastic movement in the environment 8 Lopez/Menezes
6. Coastal Wetland Geomorphology in an Urban Landscape Using a UAS and Photogrammetry to Generate Digital Elevation Models to Assess Geomorphic Changes in Coastal Wetlands 9 Beland/Lopez
  • Transcript and Resume: Prepare a Curriculum Vitae (1-3 pages) or Resume (1 page) and collect unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts. Files must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format and 10 MB or less to be uploaded
  • Information for References: Provide the name and contact information of one (1) professional and/or academic reference on the Google Form. Please note: you are responsible for obtaining a letter of reference. Please see the "Letter of Recommendation" section.


Request ONE (1) Letter of Reference. You provided the name and contact information of one reference for your application. You are responsible for making sure they email references directly to Dr. Barry Hibbs ( with “REU Applicant ’Your Full Name’” in the subject line (for example, a letter referring Bill Smith would be "REU Applicant Bill Smith"). Reference is due by February 24th, 2022.