Top 5 reasons Roanoke College students should do REU summer research

by roanokecollege on January 23, 2012

  1. REU experience looks great on a grad school application.
  2. You can apply for RC Summer Scholars and REUs to decide whether you’d like to stay at RC or go elsewhere for research this summer.
  3. You experience what “big school” research is like.
  4. You will be paid a stipend to do research.
  5. You will get a realistic preview of graduate school.

Learn more about Summer Research / REUs by attending one of the following sessions:

This Wednesday, 1/25, West Hall 111, 5:45-6:30pm
This Thursday, 1/26, West Hall 117, 12:00-12:45pm
This Thursday, 1/26, West Hall 228, 5:45-6:30pm

Students, if you’re interested in doing research at a different college, you should look into NSF’s REU programs (REU = Research Experiences for Undergraduates). REUs are fantastic preparation for graduate school. The application process varies by school, but you can search for opportunities through the following website:

Talk to Dr. Lyon (Director of Student/Faculty Research) if you need someone to chat with about these opportunities (; 238 West Hall). If you have a faculty research mentor, talk to that professor, too. More details from the NSF website are below.

A sampling of REUs for 2012:

one option of many: Ecology and Physiological Ecology in Alaska, University of Alaska Anchorage

one option of many: Making, Measuring, and Building Devices: Chemistry Applied to Real World Problems, Colorado State University

Computer Science / Co-sponsored by DoD:
one option of many: Computer Vision, University of Central Florida

one option of many: Training Veterans to Conduct Trauma Research with Fellow Veterans, Syracuse University

Other searches available include:
Astronomical Sciences
Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
Department of Defense (DoD)
Earth Sciences
Education and Human Resources
Ethics and Values Studies
International Science and Engineering
Materials Research
Mathematical Sciences
Ocean Sciences
Polar Programs
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


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

For more information contact: Dr. Julie Lyon, Director of Student/Faculty Research (540) 375-493

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