Program

Program

In 2015, the REU program will run from May 26–July 31, 2015. Students should plan to arrive on May 25, 2015. Before arrival, students will be expected to start communicating with their mentor to begin the background reading necessary for the research project.

Academic and Research Program

Students in the REU program will be members of at least one research theme: Theory, Evolution, Ecology or Systematics.

The REU program has multiple learning goals

  • to develop skills to support research including library research skills, reading primary literature and experimental design. These will be primarily addressed in our orientation program and our weekly program.
  • to develop laboratory and field skills specific to a particular problem. This will be accomplished through mentored research.
  • to develop communication skills for the dissemination of research results in our weekly program and final poster session.
  • to learn about professional career options within the research sciences and how to pursue such options., also addressed in our weekly program.

Weekly meetings: Students will be enrolled in a weekly seminar course conducted by the program director. 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.

Professional development program. The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Office runs a day long program for all of the REU (NSF and non-NSF funded) at the university. This offers students a chance to develop professional skills as well as an opportunity to network with students from across the country.

Visit to the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research site. The students in the program will visit this unique site, one of the few remaining tall grass prairies and an ecosystem found in few states other than Kansas.

Campus- wide research symposium. Hosted by the Self Program, 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 EEB community. To that end, we will have several departmental picnics 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 16 Applications due
March 1 Invitation to join the program start to be issued, students have a week to accept
Mid-March Waitlisted students accepted (with one week to accept) or rejected
Mid-March through Mid-May Conversations with mentors on potential projects, reading of relevant literature
May 25 Arrival on campus
May 26-May 29 Orientation week and program social events
June 1–July 24 Research, journal club and weekly meetings
June 8 Trip to Konza Prairie, meet with KSU REU program
June 15 Self Program: Professional Development Symposium
July 4 Independence Day Outing
July 6 Meeting with graduate students about attending graduate school
July 29 Department presentations (talks)
July 31 Campus-wide poster presentations, closing banquet, final paper due
August 1 Return home

Housing

Students will be housed in dormitory rooms with a roommate and will have a meal plan at the cafeteria (all expenses covered by the REU program). Students will need to bring linens and clothing appropriate for outdoor field work (further details will be available upon acceptance to the program). If a student brings a car, free parking is available next to the dorm.

More Information

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