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UDaily: NSF's summer undergraduate research program gets underway at UD

UDaily: NSF's summer undergraduate research program gets underway at UD

Every year, a handful of universities around the country host prestigious National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, pairing the best and brightest undergraduate students with research scientists.

This year the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment enters its 27th year as an REU site, welcoming 10 interns to the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to conduct research alongside faculty in the School of Marine Science and Policy. 

“It’s amazing to be a part of good, up-and-coming science research,” said Annie Procaccini, a student from the University of Vermont and one of this summer’s interns.

Procaccini and Kelley McBride, a student at the University of Rhode Island, are working with associate professor of oceanography Matt Oliver. Their projects are to compare sea surface temperature predictions to the actual temperatures measured by a pair of satellites in order to determine the accuracy of the predictions.

These temperature prediction models will then be used as part of habitat models for Atlantic sturgeon and sand tiger sharks, respectively.

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