Cary REU Program

Summer 2018 will be the 31st year that the Cary Institute's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students with opportunities to conduct cutting edge research in ecology. 

2018 Program Dates: May 21 - August 10, 2018
Application Deadline: January 28, 2018 11:59 PM EST.

Applications for 2018 are closed.




When is the application due?

The application must be submitted electronically by January 28, 2018 11:59pm.

Where do I send my application?

The REU program application is completed online

Am I eligible to apply if I am not a U.S. citizen?

To be eligible for NSF/REU grant support, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Am I eligible to apply if I am not an undergraduate student?

No. To be eligible for NSF/REU grant support you must still be enrolled as an undergraduate during the summer of 2018. This excludes students who will be starting the undergraduate work in the fall of 2018, and those who received their undergraduate degree in spring of 2018. However, second semester seniors who will be completing their undergraduate degree in December 2018 or January 2019 are eligible.

Am I eligible if I cannot be at the Cary Institute by the start date of the program?

All Cary REU program participants are expected to be at the Cary Institute by the morning of May 21, 2018. However, students' whose school runs on a quarter system may be eligible to participate with approval by the mentor and program staff before being accepted into the program. All potential scheduling conflicts should be brought to the attention of the Cary REU staff so that special arrangements can be made.

What is GPA max?

We are asking for your institution's maximum GPA. Some schools run on a 4.0 scale, some on a 4.3 scale and others use a different scale. We use this to determine where your GPA falls within your institution's scale.

Some schools do not use a GPA scale. If this is the case please indicate this and have your written evaluations or other source of information about your performance available upon request.

How important is the essay portion of the application?

We are looking for thoughtful answers to our essay questions. Since most of the students that apply to our program are highly qualified, the essays are a very important aspect in our final decision-making process. Therefore, it is in your best interest to put time, effort, and careful thought into writing these essays.

Do I need letters of recommendation?

You are not asked to provide letters of recommendation with your application. Please provide us with the names of three references and their contact information. During the selection process we may ask for letters of recommendation or contact your references via phone or email. It is a good idea to ask permission from your references to use their name before listing them.

How do I rank my project interest?

It is essential that you indicate which project(s) you are interested in. You will only be considered for projects that you rank, and the order of preference will be taken into account when considering your application.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted?

Students will be contacted by the end of March.

I have additional questions...

Contact  Dr. Aude Lochet at

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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