Academic and Research Program

Our 2019 REU program will run from May 20–July 26.  Students in the REU program will be members of at least one research theme: Emerging or Established Model Systems.  The goals of the program are:

  • to develop skills to support research such as library research skills, reading primary literature and experimental design.
  • to develop laboratory and field skills specific to a particular problem.
  • to develop communication skills for the dissemination of research results.
  • to learn about professional career options within the research sciences and how to pursue such options.

Weekly meetings:  Students will be enrolled in a weekly seminar course. Time spent in weekly meetings will be divided between working groups and journal clubs.  Working group sessions will focus on skills for success in research, discussions of the responsible conduct of research, and professional development.  Journal clubs will consist of smaller groups of REU students arranged by research theme joined by their mentors, lab mates and other interested members of the EEB community. Students will read and discuss journal articles.

Campus- wide research symposium. Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research, the campus-wide research symposium at the end of the summer gives students an opportunity to share their research with others and learn about the research fellow students have accomplished.

Social Program

In addition to our academic goals, the REU program has two social goals:  to establish a cohesive, cohort of students in the program and to establish relationships with the community of scientists here at the University of Kansas. To that end, we will have group events and optional weekend trips.  Possible weekend trips may include boating/canoeing on Clinton Lake, a trip to an amusement park, a professional (or semi-pro) baseball game, a tour of Lawrence, a visit to a local zoo and a bowling night.

Tentative schedule of the REU Site Program

Date Activities
February 28 Applications due
March 1 Iniate sending of invitations to join the program
Mid-March Wait-listed students notified
Mid-March through Mid-May Conversations with mentors on potential projects, reading of relevant literature
May 20 Arrival on campus
May 21–May 25 Orientation week and program social events
May 29–July 20 Research, journal club and weekly meetings
June 25 Meeting with graduate students about attending graduate school
July 4 Independence Day Outing
July 25 Department presentations (talks)
July 26 Campus-wide poster presentations, closing banquet, final paper due
July 27 Return home


Students will be provided with on-campus housing in dormitory rooms with a roommate.  A cafeteria meal plan is also included.  Students will need to bring linens and clothing appropriate for outdoor field work (further details will be available upon acceptance to the program).  Free parking is available next to the dorm.

More Information

To learn more about the research of students in previous years, see our videos ».     Join our Facebook group » for updates on the program.

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