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Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

General Calendar for the K-State Biology REU

  • February 15: Deadline for receipt of application materials at Kansas State University. 

  • February 16-20: In recent years, we have received up to 140 applications and the majority of the application materials arrive close to the deadline.  We usually have to spend a few days compiling all of the application files and tracking down missing materials (i.e., letters of recommendation). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials in advance of the deadline! If files are incomplete, they will not be reviewed.

  • February 21-25: Review of completed files by the REU selection committee and mentors.  We will start making offers to prospective REU students, but will also maintain a wait-list of students until all offers have been accepted or declined. Students receiving offers will be asked to respond within a week of receiving the offer to accept or decline the REU internship. We will notify all participants when we have completed student selection but please be advised that this can take up to 4 weeks. If you have not heard from us, your file is still active and is under consideration. 

  • April to May: REU participants and mentors should communicate to discuss and plan research topics for the 10-week summer program.

  • End of May: REU participants arrive in Manhattan, Kansas over Memorial Day Weekend. Participants can move into housing, get settled and start to explore Manhattan.A 1-day orientation session will start at 9:00 am on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.  Morning activities will include meeting mentors, a campus tour, picking up student ID cards, visiting the recreation center and library. Afternoon activities will include a tour of Konza Prairie Biological Station and learning about the Ecological Genomics Institute, the Konza LTER program, and the Division of Biology.

  • June - July: The 10-week summer program will run from Late May until the end of July or first week of August.  

    • Weekly research seminars for the REU program will be held on Thursday afternoons.  

    • Optional seminars in professional development from the SUROP program will be held on Monday afternoons.

    • The summer calendar will also include networking opportunities hosted by the Graduate School/SUROP program (BBQ), the Biology REU (BBQ), the CORES program (ice cream social).  

    • The summer calendar will include occasional weekend and 1-day field trips to ecologically important sites, natural history museums, and genomic centers at K-State and across the Midwest.

    • The Ecological Genomics Research Forum will take place in late June, followed by a BBQ.

  • End of July (last week of program): Practice and feedback on oral presentations. Exit interviews will be conducted for program evaluations.

  • Last day of program: Students will give oral presentations of their research results in the annual REU Research Symposium.

  • One-two days following symposium: Completion of the Summer REU Program, participants will move out of housing, and depart for home.