OUR APPLICATION PROCESS HAS
RECENTLY CHANGED. Please review the instructions carefully. We
would prefer applications for the REU program to be prepared on a PC-format
computer and submitted as pdf files by email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will need to use Adobe Reader
(ver. 8+) or Adobe Acrobat (ver. 8+) to complete the application
form. Adobe Acrobat is likely to be available on computers at your home
institution but if you have difficulty completing the application process
because you do not have access to the software, please contact us for assistance or to arrange for an alternative method of
How to Apply. A
completed application for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Ecology,
Evolutionary Biology, and Genomics at Konza Prairie Biological Station will consist of
- A completed copy of the 1-page
Application Form. Completion of demographic information is
optional but is used for reporting to our funding sponsor, the National
- A Two-page Essay addressing the student's interest in ecology, evolutionary or molecular biology, the specific areas of
research interest in genomics or grassland ecology, and current professional career goals. Career goals
need not necessarily be in ecological research. Past participants have
included students with interests in journalism, environmental education and
social sciences, and some participants have gone on into careers in
those fields. We recommend a clear focus on the goals, features
and faculty mentors associated with this REU Site program. Try to
emphasize your recent professional experiences and avoid describing events during childhood. Essays should be single-spaced with a
blank line between consecutive paragraphs, and should be in a legible font (12 point) with 1 inch
- Unofficial copies of your Academic
Transcript(s). If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to
provide an official copy before arriving in Kansas to start the summer program.
- Letters of Recommendation from two
persons. Individuals who
are able to comment on the applicantís academic ability are preferred,
including faculty advisors at the studentís home institution or mentors
from previous research activities.
- Respondents should include the
applicant's name, how long they have know the applicant and in what
capacity, and a ranking or evaluation of the applicant relative to their peer
group. Please comment on overall research
ability or potential, oral and written communication skills, ability
to work independently, and enthusiasm.
- Please save letters of
recommendation as a pdf file. Name the file with the applicant's last name and first initial followed by the respondent's last name (if Dr. Smith writes a letter in support of Fred Jones' application, the file would be named JonesF_Smith.pdf).
- Letters of
recommendation can be sent directly by your faculty advisor to
Adobe Acrobat files (pdf) can be edited with Adobe Reader
and submitted by email
Right-click the link
to the right to download the application form
for Summer 2011
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files
How to Submit your Application.
- Save the Application Form on your computer.
We recommend that the file be completed on PC-format computer if possible -
all application forms submitted from a PC computers have come through okay
but files edited on Mac computers sometimes have problems. Complete
requested information in the boxes in the form and click the "Submit By
Email" button in the upper right corner of the form. Follow the prompts
to enter your email address and name, select an internet email option, and save your information as a pdf file. Please rename the
pdf file with your last name and first initial. The application form
of Fred Jones would be JonesF_application.pdf.
- Convert your essay and transcript(s) into
two separate pdf files. Name the files using the same criteria as
described above: JonesF_essay.pdf and JonesF_transcript.pdf. The pdf files can be created using Adobe Acrobat, recent versions of Microsoft Office (under "Save As" or "Print"), online pdf makers
or with free software tools from
cutepdf.com or primopdf.com.
- Applicants should attach the application
form, essay, and transcripts to a single email message and send it to email@example.com.
Please ask your faculty advisors to email their letters of recommendation
directly to the same address.
Here are a few tips to assist you in submitting your application.
- Be sure to send all components of the application in
a single email. If all of the materials are sent together, there is
less chance that one or more items will go astray. If we are lacking transcripts
or letters of recommendation from one or more of your referees, it may delay processing of your application.
- Check your pdf files to make sure they open properly and look the way you intended.
- Try to plan ahead and submit in advance of the deadline.
We aim to review the applications and make offers shortly after the March 1
deadline. It helps if the application files are complete so that we
can move quickly on reviewing the applications.
- Again, try to submit in the advance of the
deadline. Usually 80% of all of the applications arrive the week
before the deadline.
- In recent years, many of the REU applicants have
indicated a preference for working in vertebrate biology, especially
projects with reptiles, birds and mammals. If vertebrates are your
main research interest, you are welcome to apply for an internship in that
area but be aware that the positions may be more competitive. Students
with interests in specific research topics in ecosystem science, plant
genomics or invertebrate biology often have a better chance of being matched
to an available mentor.
- We expect over 100 applications for the Summer 2011
program. We are usually able to acknowledge receipt of applications
that arrive in advance of the deadline, but not if we receive your file the
week before the deadline. However, you are welcome to get in touch to enquire
about the status of your application.
Completed applications, including the application form, two page essay, unofficial transcripts, and letters of recommendation, should be received on or before
Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
We expect to start making offers of internships to applicants during the week of Monday,
March 7, 2011. Students not receiving initial offers will be
wait-listed for opportunities and it usually takes 1-4 weeks to complete our
student selection. Students invited to participate in the REU program must
accept or reject the offer within a week. Questions regarding the application and selections
procedures can be directed to Dr. Bruce A. Snyder, REU Program
Coordinator, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, e-mail
(preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (785) 532-2430.