Biosphere 2 receives $400K grant for undergrad research
Published on Friday, July 30, 2010
Inside Tucson Business
The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program for undergraduate research training over the next three years.
Each year from early June to mid-August, the funds will support ten undergraduate students in a 10-week residential research program at Biosphere 2.
The first round of students started this year June 7.
“Biosphere 2 offers many important and unique opportunities for undergraduate training,” said Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, assistant research professor with Biosphere 2 and director of Biosphere 2’s new REU program. “We can show how important Biosphere 2 is as a tool for linking scales – from organisms to ecosystems – and how it can help us better understand the real biosphere.”
The overarching theme of the program is understanding how organisms interact with, and respond to, the environment they live in.