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
Applications for summer 2018 will open in November.




When is the application due?

The application must be submitted electronically by February 3, 2017 11:59pm.

Where do I send my application?

The REU program application is completed online. If you cannot fill it out online, please contact Dr. Aude Lochet for a hard copy of the application.

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 2017. This excludes students who will be starting the undergraduate work in the Fall of 2017, and those who received their undergraduate degree in spring of 2017. However, second semester senior who will be completing their undergraduate degree in December 2017 or January 2018 are eligible.

Am I eligible if my school runs on a quarter system?

Yes. You still are eligible to apply even though you would arrive after the program begins. You are responsible for making this clear to the mentor and receive her/his approval before you are accepted into the program. Students on the quarter system who arrive late are encouraged to stay late, thus completing the full 12-week experience. If their participation is less than 12 weeks, the stipend is pro-rated accordingly.

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 Aude Lochet at 845-677-7600 x326 or

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

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