Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paid Research Opportunity - Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research

Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior interested in summer 2012 research opportunities in natural sciences, engineering, or social sciences?  Learn about the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program!  The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of paid summer research opportunities for undergraduate students through its "Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)" program.  The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.  REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing NSF-funded research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Please note: Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

There are hundreds of NSF REU program sites across the nation and beyond. An REU program sit consists of a groups of around 10 undergraduates who join NSF-funded research projects at universities and other research facilities, gaining valuable research experience. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

You can view available NSF REU program sites by searching in the NSF REU Database. Students must contact the individual REU project sites for information and application materials. Although application requirements vary widely by project, most include a minimum GPA requirement and previous research experience can be helpful.

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is holding numerous 30 minute information sessions for students interested in learning about and applying for NSF REU Summer research placements - all sessions will be held in room 2100D, McKeldin Library. 
  • Thursday, October 27: 10:30, 11:30
  • Friday, October 28: 9:30
  • Tuesday, November 1: 3:00, 4:00
  • Wednesday, Nov 2: 3:30, 4:30
  • Thursday, Nov 3: 10:00, 11:00
  • Friday, Nov 4: 10:00
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: 2:30, 3:30
  • Wednesday, Nov 9: 3:00, 4:00
  • Thursday, Nov 10: 11:00, 12:00
  • Friday, Nov 11: 9:30
  • Tuesday, Nov 15: 3:30
  • Wednesday, Nov 16: 4:00
  • Thursday, Nov 17: 10:00
Please RSVP for a session at ugresearch@umd.edu because space is limited. If you are interested in learning more but cannot attend these sessions, please send a note to the same email address.