The StREAM Lab Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation, welcomed its second cohort of summer research fellows on June 2013. Hosted by the Department of Biological Systems Engineering in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the StREAM REU program provides undergraduate students from around the country with the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research exploring the impacts of human activities on local water quality and quantity.
Although the focus of specific student projects can vary widely, each project is grounded within the Stream Research, Education, and Management Lab, a state-of-the-art outdoor laboratory located on Stroubles Creek in Blacksburg. An extensive array of real-time, spatio-temporal sensors at this site permit faculty and students to investigate complex, systems-level interactions within a relatively small, manageable stream and its drainage area. Continue reading