Summer Interdisciplinary Research on Sacred Natural Sites in Ethiopia

The Summer 2017 REU Site will take place at Colby College from June 12th – August 9th (approximate dates).

The online application system for the Summer 2017 program is now available. Owing to ongoing civil unrest in Ethiopia, the Summer 2017 program will be U.S.-based, including 7 weeks of training and research on the Colby College campus in Waterville, Maine drawing on remote sensing data, ecological samples from northern Ethiopia, and social survey data collected by partners in Ethiopia, and one week of lab-based research and results-sharing with collaborators at the California Academy of Sciences.

Download the REU in Ethiopia 2017 flyer or click on the tabs above to learn more about the REU program.

Colby College in Waterville, Maine

Colby College in Waterville, Maine

Colby College in Waterville, Maine is excited to host the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site Undergraduate Research into the Cultural, Economic and Ecological Significance of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia.

A collaborative effort by the Colby College Environmental Studies Program, the Colby College Biology Department, the TREE Foundation, and Ethiopia’s Debre Tabor University, in Summer 2017 this REU Site will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct pathbreaking interdisciplinary research on the cultural, economic and ecological roles of church forests in Ethiopia.


The online application system for the 2017 summer program is now closed. Applications including two letters of reference via the online letter request form were due February 15th, 2017.

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