The LAKES REU project (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution in Lake Menomin. Watch the video below and follow the LAKES blog at

Posted by University of Wisconsin-Stout on Thursday, July 2, 2015


LAKES at a Glance
Research on Phosphorus Pollution
  • Farmer Social Networks
  • Phosphorus Remediation Strategies
  • Ethnography of phosphorus mitigation governance
  • Economic Impacts
  • Sedimentology
  • Ethnography of RCB land users
  • Quantitative system modeling
  • Communicating complex information
  • Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • June 14 - August 8
  • Room, board and stipend provided
Application Deadline: February 15


  Dr. Nels Paulson
  Director, LAKES REU
  Assistant Professor of Sociology

  Dr. Chris Ferguson
  Co-Director, LAKES REU
  Assistant Professor of Economics


   LAKES REU at UW-Stout on Facebook Lakes Blog

LAKES Public Forum


The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.

Phosphorus is a pernicious and costly environmental pollutant. In areas of intensive agriculture, lakes are toxic at certain times of the year with blue-green algae bloom because of phosphorus pollution. 

Solving the phosphorus pollution problem is not simple. A complex mix of social, economic, and environmental factors influences phosphorus use and misuse. 

Students who participate in LAKES will spend two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, mathematics, geology, or communications.