NSF REU Site in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (Award #10603006)
|Program Dates:||June 3 through August 9, 2013|
|Arrival date:||June 2|
|Departure date:||August 10|
|Application Deadline:||February 1, 2013|
|Notification by:||April 1, 2013|
This intensive ten-week program is open to up to 12 undergraduates who are considering pursuing research-oriented graduate studies in the behavioral and cognitive sciences. The University of Minnesota offers students an ideal opportunity to explore their future options in an intellectually challenging and socially rewarding context. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota.
Students will be involved in three types of research related activities under the direction of University of Minnesota faculty.
Several educational and social activities are planned that include participants from other summer undergraduate research programs. Also, participants have the opportunity to attend seminars and related activities offered by other summer research programs. An all-programs poster symposium is held during the last week of the program
Arrangements are made to visit research facilities within and outside of the University. Group activities such as excursions to cultural and social events are planned for the participants in this and other programs.
All participants are expected to reside in a University of Minnesota dormitory. One dormitory (Comstock Hall) is dedicated to housing participants in undergraduate summer research programs and other academic groups. This arrangement facilitates exchange, discussion and sharing of research experiences.
Preference is given to students who will have completed their third year of college by the beginning of the program. Students who will have completed their first year and those who will graduate by Fall 2013 are not eligible for this program. An effort will be made to include participants from different colleges and universities, with a variety of research interests, and levels of experience. This program accepts U.S. citizens and resident aliens only. International students are not eligible for admission to the program.
Stipends: Participants receive a stipend of $5000 for the ten-week program. Details on sources of funding will be included in the information sent to those accepted into the program.
Room and board: Costs in University dormitory housing are covered by program funding. The dormitory rooms set aside for the research programs are doubles. Detailed information on housing will be included in the information sent to those accepted into the program.
Tuition and fees: A three credit course is associated with the thrice weekly seminar and workshops. The cost is covered by program funds.
Travel expenses: Limited funds are available to defray some costs for long distance travel. Details will be included in the information sent to those accepted into the program.
Participating faculty mentors (PFM) are drawn from a wide variety of research areas such as Child Development; Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Decision Science, Human Factors; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Behavioral Pharmacology, Psychology, Linguistics, Speech/Language/Hearing Science (Communication Disorders), and related areas. Please refer to the list of PFM at Cognitive Sciences - REU mentors, where you will find a brief description of their research activities and some relevant references. On your REU Application, you will have an opportunity to indicate your first, second and third PFM choices. Your PFM assignment will reflect a match with the mentor's research area and is subject to the mentor's availability.
Instructions and application materials for the 2013 program are now available: Instructions.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their responses to the questions on the application form, faculty recommendations, transcripts, and the match of the applicants' research interests with those of participating faculty.
Typically over 200 applications are received. All completed applications are read and evaluated by a screening committee consisting of the program directors and coordinators. Those applications that are ranked in the top 40 are given further consideration and forwarded to potential faculty mentors for final selection. Please do NOT contact the mentors directly. Contacting mentors directly will have no effect on the probability of you being accepted into the program.
1) Receipt of applications: We do not have the staff resources to acknowledge receipt of applications. Therefore, you will not be informed that we have received your completed application. You will be informed if your application is incomplete (e.g., missing transcript, letter of recommendation) shortly after the deadline ( FEBRUARY 1, 2013) and will be given the opportunity to provide the missing material so that your application can be considered along with the others. In other words, you may assume that your application is complete if you do not receive a communication from us.
2) Notification: All applicants will be informed via e-mail as to their status (rejection, waiting list, or acceptance into the program) by April 1, 2013.
Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Celia Wolk Gershenson email@example.com