NSF announces new undergraduate research opportunities

June 15, 2007

The NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a long-standing NSF program. A new solicitation announcement highlights some of the changes in the program, including increased stiipends for participants.

The deadline for proposal submissions is September 13, 2007 for REU Site proposals. There is another opportunity next year with a deadline of August 18, 2008.

Details on the program may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf07569.

From the NSF:

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Synopsis of Program:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (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 research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student

research:

(1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas.

(2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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Salient revisions:

* The recommended stipend for undergraduate student participants has been raised.

* A special opportunity for REU Supplements that provide evaluative research experiences has been added.

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