The ED-QUE2ST: Enhancing Diversity, Quality, and Understanding of the Ecological and Evolutionary Sciences for Tomorrow
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program Funded by the National Science Foundation
ED-QUEST is a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program looking for students who:
*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.
Don't worry about paying for it – the program is fully funded, which means that your travel, living, and research expenses are covered! You'll spend your summer getting great research experience, meeting new people, and exploring new places.
Click here for descriptions of potential research projects
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.
Review current REU research projects
- Look at the listing of research projects, and learn more about the mentors by checking out their personal web pages. You'll be asked to rank your top two project choices on the application form.
- Ask two people to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. They should be professors or others who can speak of your ability to work independently. (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- In a personal statement, please tell us about:
- Any relevant experience, including class projects
- Experiences that demonstrate your ability to work independently
- What you hope to gain by participating in ED-QUE2ST
- Your academic or professional goals
- Complete the online application (*please save your completed application as a PDF prior to submitting, for your records*). There is also a printer friendly version of the application available.
- Submit your personal statement and an unofficial transcript to email@example.com. If you're a first-year student, we understand that you won't have a transcript yet. If you're accepted into the program, we'll ask you to send a copy when it becomes available.
- Apply by January 31, 2013
2012 ED-QUE2ST students and faculty directors
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.