NSFNational Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
June 8 through July 31, 2015

2015 application here. Applications are due 3/13/2015



An eight-week summer program is sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The first week will consider aspects of the scientific process and experimental design before spending seven weeks in the country of Turkey (based at Uludag University in Bursa) to study aspects of the foraging ecology of solitary bees and honey bees in their native region of the world. These pollinator species are invasive in the United States but have potentially positive impacts on agriculture in both the US and Turkey. Understanding the link between organisms and their history in other regions of the world is a major goal of this program. In addition, undergraduates will be shown the importance of international scientific collaboration as they participate in research objectives (described below) with a multinational team of scientists from the US, Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria.

TRAVEL, HOUSING, AND MEALS WILL BE COVERED FOR THE PARTICIPANTS. A $4,000 STIPEND WILL BE PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANTS. Cost of the Turkish visa (about $25) will be subtracted from the stipend. Course credit is optional.

Research Information: Three broad areas of investigation will be included in the project. These include: 1) biogeographical comparisons of pollination systems in native and non-native settings that explore mechanisms of biological invasion; 2) foraging dynamics of bees as mediated by visual clues and/or handling time at flowerws; and 3) behavioral assays to test effects of food quality and conditioning to various stimuli. Within these areas we test hypotheses that are ecological, behavioral, physiological, and genetic in nature. The PI and Senior Personnel links below, allow you to see the nature of the investigators' work in these and other areas.

NSF Abstract

Principal Investigators:
Dr. John F. Barthell - PI
Dr. Charles I. Abramson - Co-PI
Dr. Harrington Wells  - Sr. Personnel
Dr. Ibrahim Cakmak - Sr. Personnel
Dr. John Hranitz - Sr. Personnel
Dr. Theodora Petanidou - Sr. Personnel
(Please direct questions to Dr. John Barthell at