The National Science Foundation recently awarded Kurt Smemo (Holden Research Scientist) and Patrick Lorch (Kent State University Biology Professor) a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant. The grant is for training the next generation of research scientists and fostering interest in post-graduate education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. The grant also gives Holden official status as an NSF “site” for research education. Funding will be provided to bring 10 students to Holden and KSU for 10 weeks each summer over the next three years (30 students total). Each student will be paid a stipend and work directly with a faculty mentor at either Holden or KSU. The 10-week period will used to learn about the scientific process and develop an individual hands-on research project. Because of our location near a large urban center and the influence of human activities on the health of the Great Lakes, this REU is centered on the theme of “Terrestrial-aquatic linkages in urban-impacted ecosystems”. Student research projects will focus on ecological processes and problems that can be linked to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem function, water quality, and impacts on Lake Erie. More information can be found on the REU website (http://ecologyreu.kent.edu/).