Why Get Involved in an REU Program?

Why undergraduate research?

Original research takes the students on a path of discovery. Involvement of undergraduate students in research has a positive impact on student career paths, professional development and their ability to make informed choices about their future. It provides a unique opportunity for the student to receive individual mentoring from science leaders.

Science Magazine Article

Why get involved in a Chemistry summer REU program?

The Chemistry summer REU program provides students an intense 10-week research experience outside of their home institution that gives them the opportunity to fully engage in cutting-edge chemical research without other distractions, such as classes. The REU gives students a “taste” of graduate school and research which, ultimately, helps students in choosing their career path. Through the National Science Foundation Chemistry REU Sites Program, eligible students from any institution in the US and its associated territories can participate in chemical research. Students from underserved populations (e.g., underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation students, veterans, community college students, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply. Whether students have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions or they just want a research experience at another institution, the Chemistry REU Program provides the ideal venue to for the students to explore their research interests.

Resources from National Science Foundation Website

The following resources summarize research on the impact of undergraduate research experiences and might be helpful when considering the evaluation of REU projects and the assessment of student learning gains:

Cited References

  1. Russell, S.H., M.P. Hancock, and J. McCullough. Benefits of Undergraduate Research Experiences. 2007. See summary at http://science.sciencemag.org/content/316/5824/548.summary.