Opportunities for Summer Research

Frequently Asked Questions

What's an REU program?

You should take a peek at our "What's an REU?" page.

Why should I take part in an REU program?

An REU program is a great way to learn whether you enjoy doing research.  It gives you the opportunity to consider graduate study as well as research positions in industry.  You will learn about the research process and also about yourself by immersing yourself in research for the summer! 

What will I do all summer?

You will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a research project that will be determined when you start.  Depending on your field of study, you may spend your days collecting specimens in the field, monitoring reactions in the lab, or writing code on your laptop.  For the 10 weeks that you are in Lawrence, each program will expect you to spend 40 hours per week working on your project.  You'll learn new skills, take part in a professional development seminar day, and present your results. 

Will I get paid?

Yes! Each REU student receives a stipend.  The amount is different each year, so check with your program for details.

Where will I live?

REU students live in dorms on campus with students from all of the other REU programs.  You'll also be provided with an on-campus meal plan.

Can I get course credit for my research?

Yes, REU students are enrolled in one credit hour in their host department - and the cost is waived by KU!

Do REU students get to do anything fun over the summer?

Yes!  REU students often take part in social activities, weekend trips, and other outings together over the course of the summer.  This summer, REU students went to museums, traveled to St. Louis, saw live music, checked out the Farmer's Market, and took part in art events downtown. 


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