Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunities

Information on the 2020 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is now available at The 10-week program begins the first week of June. REUs are provided a stipend plus on-site lodging and research support administered through the University of Virginia. Students need to be undergraduates with at least an additional semester of schoolwork to be completed prior to graduation. The application is available at:

New VCR LTER Data Visualization App

With the goal of making VCR data accessible to stakeholders in the community and to eventually facilitate bringing VCR data into the classroom, VCR Graduate student Sean Hardison has created a new data visualization app for interactively viewing data from the Oyster Meteorological  and Tide Stations .   The interactive app allows you to view up to two variables simultaneously vs time. The variables available for viewing include, temperature (air and water), relative tide level, wind speeds and precipitation events.   They can be aggregated by the month, week, day and hour.   The underlying technology is the open source Shiny  R package that generates on-the-fly visualizations from the latest VCR/LTER data.

Ian Reeves Receives Student Modeler Award

VCR/LTER graduate student Ian Reeves will receive the Jaia Syvitski Student Modeler Award for 2020, and will be giving a keynote presentation at the CSDMS meeting. The award is given by the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) at their annual meeting in Boulder CO, May 19-21, 2020 and recognizes outstanding achievement in surface modeling, with a focus on how modelling is used to address scientific and societal challenges. Entries were judged on the basis of ingenuity, applicability, and contribution toward the advancement of geoscience modeling.