Geography Department set to launch REU at River Ridge Ranch

Last year, CSULB’s Geography Department applied for and received a $344,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to run a three-year Research ExperiencePhoto of River Ridge Ranch pasture area for Undergraduates (REU) program in California’s scenic western Sierra Nevada foothills.  The program, which will be hosted by River Ridge Ranch and Institute in Springville, California, will begin in May and run through 2024.  Eight undergraduate students from around the U.S. will be accepted into the eight-week program each year.  For 2022, the program will run from May 21 to July 15.  According to award recipient and Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Laris, “this project brings together eight undergraduate students with faculty for an eight-week intensive research and learning experience to study the science and technology of environmental conservation.” Laris added “the objective of the program is to train the next generation of land managers and restoration scientists in conservation science and technology.”  Undergraduates can still apply for the program (which includes a stipend and paid expenses), but you’ll need to hurry as the deadline to apply for this year’s cohort is February 22.  Information about the grant and application procedures can be found at  For a local take on the program, please see the February 16, 2022 article that was posted in the Porterville Recorder