GEO REU Workshop 2014

Leaders of REU programs from across the nation gathered in Boulder.  Credit: UCAR/NCAR

Rebecca Haacker talking about REU applications
Preparing and supporting mentors
Workshop attendees in sessions
Workshop attendees in sessions

March 19 - 21, Boulder, CO

This meeting brought together leaders of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) from more than 65 universities and organizations across the nation to share best practices, build community connections, and address national incentives.

The workshop agenda was developed using community input on topics and the format, and was rich with discussion group sessions.  Presentations were streamed to webcast;  links to recordings are provided below.




  • Ignite Session (45:30) - brief presentations by PIs of 11 new REUs introducing their programs


Key Elements of Running an REU - A Crash Course:


Discussion & Working Groups:

Seasoned experts and new PIs with fresh ideas joined forces to discuss the challenges and strategies of running an REU.  This format allowed a lot of time for group discussions, brainstorming, and note-taking. Topics included:

  • Program evaluation, long-term REU impacts, & publishing
  • Handling difficult and sensitive situations
  • Challenges of international REUs and REU fieldwork
  • Tips on communicating with today's students
  • Adapting an REU to academically younger students


Related Links:


If you are interested in learning more, please contact Val Sloan.

This workshop was hosted by UCAR Science Education and was funded by the National Science Foundation's Geoscience Directorate and the SOARS Program.



Date of the event: 
March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm to March 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

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