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Research Experiences for Undergrads

Dave Mogk, Montana State University; Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The REU Program is the primary NSF-wide funding opportunity for obtaining support for undergraduate research activities. Funding is available at two scales:

In both cases, the expectation for an REU project is that they will provide a complete research experience for students (from project identification/research design to presentation/publication), and that students will be part of a cohort and thereby begin to establish a network of professional connections among their REU peers and faculty mentors. Students must also be supported financially while participating in research, at the level of a weekly stipend amount defined in the REU Program solicitation or higher.

The REU Program solicitation provides detailed instructions on the construction and submission of Supplement and Site proposals. Supplements can be requested at any time during the award duration of the active NSF research grant, while Sites have Foundation-wide annual submission dates based on the Directorate or Office to which they are targeted. One can see a list of currently funded REU Site projects HERE. As well, please see the page on Geoscience REU Program projects in this collection.

GEO REU Workshop 2011: Developing an REU Community and Best Practices Through Networking

Search for an Active REU Site Project

Visit this listing of REU Site Projects in the Geosciences, including EAR, OCE, and ATM, to get a sense of what types of projects have been successfully funded.