and urban sustainability? Professor Kelli Larson at Arizona State
University is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate
student to participate in research during the summer of 2018. The
participant will work with faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate
students to explore how people manage their yards and what types of
landscapes cities are pursuing for water conservation, biodiversity, and
other purposes. The student will work with team members to conduct
research on current landscape design trends across cities of the U.S.
The position is located in Metro Phoenix, Arizona, and situated in the
northern Sonoran Desert, which is home to the iconic saguaro cactus and
charismatic desert animals. ASU is located in Tempe, a lively and vibrant
college town with accessible public transportation and amenities.
This REU is a 10-week position that runs from mid-May to mid-August, 2018.
The successful applicant will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, and up to
$3,000 for room and board. Additionally, funding is available for the REU
student to prepare and present a poster at the January 2019 CAP LTER All
Scientists Meeting in Tempe, AZ.
About the Project
As part of a NSF-funded Macrosystems grant, Larson’s research group is
exploring residential landscapes and how they are designed and managed
across diverse cities including Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami,
FL. Documenting landscaping trends in residential areas is critical for
enhancing the environmental and social value of these common urban
The successful candidate must:
• Be pursuing a degree in geography, planning, sustainability, landscape
design/architecture, or a related field.
• Have an interest in environmental research.
• Be able to work in Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and
• Have solid written and verbal communication skills.
• Be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Interest in developing this research into an Honors thesis and/or for
• Experience in conducting social science research.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-
time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree. The funding also requires the
student to be must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident
of the U.S.
How to apply
Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts to
Kelli.Larson@asu.edu by April 23, 2018.