This opportunity is curated through the UF TESI Environmental Leaders Network. Opportunities posted through the Network may not be affiliated with the Florida Museum or TESI, but are shared with UF undergraduate students who want to learn more about environmental research, education and outreach, and civic engagement. 

Host Organization

The Critical Zone Collaborative Network and the National Science Foundation

Type of position

  • Full-time summer research experience
  • $6,000 stipend, travel subsidy, housing/meals subsidy, travel to and from the kick-off meeting, and research funds to support the project.

Position description

This program will place undergraduate students at one of the nearly 50 CZ Network research sites distributed in diverse geographic settings across the continental US. Critical Zone science is becoming more important as we try to understand the Earth’s living skin, from the top of the vegetation canopy to the depths of the groundwater and all the interactions taking place within that shape our environment and all life within it.

Your training involves:

  • Developing research knowledge and skills, as well as interest in Critical Zone (CZ) science.
  • Learning to do interdisciplinary and collaborative science in a network.
  • Connecting CZ science to society.

Benefits of the program:

  • Network-wide exchange of data, information, and learning from students and researchers across the Critical Zone Collaborative Network.
  • Paid research experience


  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Full-time undergraduate student in geosciences or related field.
  • Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Students from community colleges or institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Dates

May 29, 2024 – August 7, 2024

Application Due Date

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

To apply:

Fill out the application on this site: OpportunityLanding | Award | NSF Education & Training Application | ETAP


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Veronica Sosa Gonzalez,