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Summer Research (REU) Internships

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are excellent opportunities for highly qualified students (3.25+ GPA and previous internship experience) who want to explore a career in research. Typically, each site selects 8-12 students from across the country; and provides housing, social activities, and a $5,000+ stipend. If accepted for an REU, speak with your advisor before you leave College Park about whether/not you will need to prepare a research paper beyond what is expected of you at the internship, e.g., a monograph.

  • Application deadlines fall between February 1 - March 15 (varies by institution) and require a personal statement, resume, and 1-2 faculty recommendations.
  • Start planning in late Fall to take best advantage of these opportunities. Most participants are rising seniors; however, rising juniors and new graduates may be eligible in some cases.

The schools listed below are a sampling of what's available; see the full NSF/REU Program list HERE.

** ENSP students have participated in these programs

Summer Research Experiences for Students in Solid Earth Sciences (RESESS)

The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer research experience located in Boulder, CO, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the Earth or environmental sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. RESESS is largely funded by the NSF, but (unlike the REU's above) can be a multi-summer experience beginning as early as sophomore year summer. Approximately 15 students participate each summer. Students majoring in geology, physical geography, or closely related topics are encouraged to apply. Biology students may also apply, provided they are willing to consider doing a research project that uses biology in the context of geology. Selected students receive:

  • Salary for eleven weeks
  • Round-trip airfare to Boulder, CO (the program's location)
  • A shared furnished apartment at no cost
  • A research experience in the geosciences/physics of the Earth/geomorphology/etc.
  • A writing course with training in presentation skills
  • Participation in a national science meeting
  • Scholarship money during the school year

Start planning in late Fall to take best advantage of this opportunity. The application deadline is February 1 -- Go here for more information and to apply!