National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Disaster Research Center
State: Delaware

The National Science Foundation funded the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center (DRC) to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduates' (REU) site to engage 10 undergraduate students in hands-on research training to enhance their understanding of the social science aspects of disasters. Each summer, a nine-week research training institute will be held at DRC to provide students with the necessary academic background, training and relevant research experiences to prepare them to function as relatively independent research scholars. Course modules will focus on research methodology; social science approaches to understanding the causes and consequences of disasters; and ethical implications of the research process. Students will work with leading scholars and researchers on state-of-the-art research projects that focus on issues such as disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, vulnerability and resilience. A multi-disciplinary group of leading disaster researchers and practitioners will participate in the Invited Speaker Series in order to emphasize the contributions that other disciplines bring to this field. A series of professional development and social-cultural activities will complement the trainees' overall education and training.

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