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Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Are you Eligible for the K-State Biology REU?

General requirements for participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs in the Biological Sciences are set by the National Science Foundation.  

Requirements for Applicants to NSF-funded REU Sites in the Biological Sciences:
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and its possessions, such as the islands of Puerto Rico and Guam. 
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree program (full- or part-time) leading to a Bachelor's degree.  Undergraduate students who are transferring from one institution to another but are not enrolled at either institution during the intervening summer are eligible to apply.  Seniors are eligible if they have not completed all of their course credits and will be returning to school for at least one semester of undergraduate studies after completion of the summer REU program. 
  • We regret that students are not eligible if they are foreign nationals residing in a country other than the United States.
  • Students who have completed high school are not eligible if they have not yet enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning and completed their freshman year of undergraduate studies.
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible if they are no longer enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning and have completed an undergraduate degree.
Recommendations to Applicants to the REU Program in Biology at Kansas State University:
  • Students should have research interests in the major themes of this program: ecological genomics, grassland ecology, or evolutionary biology.  Applicants are usually more competitive if they have research interests in the specific topics where we have faculty mentors with research expertise.  Please see the list of Proposed Projects for more information.
  • REU participants are selected for research potential, based on information provided in their research essay, letters of support from faculty mentors,  unofficial university transcripts, and grade point average (GPA).  We will consider materials from all applicants, but to be competitive, applicants should expect to have at least a B-average or a GPA > 3. 
  • Applicants should be in adequate physical condition to endure the exertion of working in a controlled environment in a laboratory on campus, or conducting research under field conditions that can include hot temperatures, biting insects, poison ivy, bison, and other natural features of a beautiful grassland ecosystem.  K-State aims for equal access and offers services for students through the Student Access Center.
  • Applicants should hold a valid driver's license, and be comfortable driving vehicles of their research mentor or the university. 
  • The REU Site program in the Division of Biology aims to provide research opportunities for students that have had limited exposure to independent research. We often try to select REU participants from a range of different colleges, including 4-year undergraduate institutions without major infrastructure for research or graduate programs.
  • The REU Site program in the Division of Biology is committed to promoting diversity in undergraduate research activities, as part of the Broader Impacts for training and research activities funded by the National Science Foundation.  We welcome applications from students from under-represented groups in the sciences (African-America, Alaska Native, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander), non-traditional students returning to undergraduate studies after a break, and first-generation students who are the first member of their family to attend university. K-State has a strong network of social support to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for success, including resources of the LGBT Resource Center, the Office of Institutional Equity, the SafeZone Program, and the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education.