What is an REU? Information for Students

This page highlights resources applicable to the SOARS/RECCS webinar "Paid Summer Research Opportunities for Two-Year and Four-Year College Students in the Geosciences" presented on December 14, 2016.

The webinar recording from the webinar on Dec. 14, 2016, "Paid Summer Research Opportunities for Two-Year and Four-Year College Students in the Geosciences" is available here

Tips, FAQs, and Useful Resources

What is a research experience?
Why do a summer research experience?
What opportunities are available?
How do I prepare my application?
Who should I pick for references?
How do I write an essay for the application?
What is it like living in Boulder, Colorado?
Can you direct me to other resources?

 

What is a research experience?

  • A 6 - 10 week, paid, hands-on, summer work experience in a research environment
  • Working under the mentorship of a scientist or team
  • Collecting data in the field, computer modeling, and data analysis
  • Presenting your research progress in a talk or poster, and possibly traveling to a conference
  • What is summer research? Why should I apply? - A clear one-pager
  • Making Your Summer Research Internship a Good One - A good article on what a research internship is like
 

Why do a summer research experience?

Internships can be incredible learning experiences, and confidence-building adventures!

 

What opportunities are available?

Read up on the many, varied opportunities and apply to the ones that feel right for you!

 

How do I prepare my application? 

 

Who should I pick for references?

Choose people who believe in you!  Here are other tips...

 

How do I write an essay for the application?

 

What is it like living in Boulder, Colorado?

 

Can you direct me to other resources?

 

Thanks to the Institute for Broadening Participation's Pathway to Science for giving permission to share their materials.

 

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