The ED-QUE2ST: Enhancing Diversity, Quality, and Understanding of the Ecological and Evolutionary Sciences for Tomorrow
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program previously funded by the National Science Foundation
ED-QUE2ST is a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program looking for students who:
- have an interest in ecology and/or evolutionary biology
- are highly motivated
- are in their first or second year of undergrad study
- come from underrepresented backgrounds
- are U.S. citizens or permanent residents*
*non-US citizens interested in participating should contact Professor John Vandermeer at email@example.com.
You can choose from variety of research projects, and you'll conduct, analyze, and present your research with the guidance of a faculty or graduate student mentor. After an orientation at U-M's Ann Arbor campus, the research will take place on campus, at U-M's Biological Station in northern Michigan, or at field sites around the world.
The program provides funding for your travel, living, and research expenses. You'll spend your summer getting great research experience, meeting new people, and exploring new places.
What you'll do:
There are four phases:
- Winter term – Once you are accepted into the program, you'll get in initial contact with your mentor and connect with other ED-QUE2STstudents. There will be online contact throughout the term, allowing you and your mentor to discuss your project, do some background reading about it, and try to develop a plan so you can "hit the ground running" at the beginning of the summer.
- Orientation – You'll arrive at the Ann Arbor campus in May for a week-long orientation period. Activities will include participation in several workshops designed to prepare you for your research experience, visiting your research site, if feasible, and working directly with your mentor to develop your project.
- Research project –The research will occupy most of the summer, from mid-May through July. Whether an intense laboratory experience, or a field experience or web/computer experience, you will be expected to work independently, but always with the help of your mentor.
- Presentation – At the end of July, all participants will return to the U-M campus to finish writing up their project and present the results at a symposium. You will be expected to prepare a manuscript in the style of a scientific manuscript intended for publication.
Questions and concerns:
How much will it cost?
Nothing! Again, the program is fully funded by the NSF, so you do not have to pay to participate!
What if I'm not a biology major?
That's ok! We know that many early undergraduates haven't declared a concentration yet, and that you might have a broad range of interests. If you have some background in science and there's a project that interests you, send in your application!
I want to go home this summer…
We understand. But if you're even slightly interested in participating, get in touch with us to find out more about the program! The summers during college are the best possible time to try new experiences and visit places you wouldn't normally go, so we encourage you to be adventurous!
Other questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.