Resources for Planning a Successful REU

A bit of advance planning and reading about best practices can help make for a happy and productive research experience.

An overview of the activities involved in mentoring a research experience for undergraduates, with suggested readings and resources, can be found on the following three pages:

Before the REU

Type of REUActivitiesResources
All
  • Select and recruit students
  •  Select, recruit, and prepare graduate student mentors (if applicable)
  • Plan research topics
  • Set research agenda and milestones
  • Set up payroll and student finances and/or arrange for academic credit
  • Select or design evaluation instruments
  • Administer pre-surveys
  • Consult materials on mentoring undergraduates in research
NCWIT REU-in-a-Box

CRA-W Resources for Faculty Mentors

SURE surveys of undergraduate research experiences

Visiting (non-local) students
  • Arrange housing
  • Arrange relocation travel
  • Local institution's campus-wide REU programs
  • Local institution's dean of students office
Group
  • Arrange group social activities
  • Plan end-of-program events (e.g., poster session or symposium)
 

 

Materials on Mentoring Undergraduates

During the REU

Type of REUActivitiesResources
All
  • Introduce students to the work environment and establish clear expectations
  • Hold regular research meetings
  • Arrange sessions on communication, research methods, ethics, research careers, and graduate school
  • Prepare final reports and presentations
  • Administer end-of-REU student surveys

NCWIT REU-in-a-Box

CISE Online REU PI Site


CRA-W Resources for Faculty Mentors

Conquer graduate school site

GRE information and preparation

Academic Year
  • Address issues of academic credit (if applicable)
  • Work with students on time management and appropriate allocation of time for research
Local departmental or university undergraduate research programs
Summer
  • Organize co-curricular group activities
  • Check-in with students regularly  (daily is ideal!)
 

Guidance on reading research papers

 Advice on writing technical articles

 Advice on giving technical talks

Advice/Guidance on preparing research posters

Exercises for Mentors to do with their Students

Complete set of exercises from CRA-W - Including the ones below.

After the REU

Type of REUActivitiesResources
All
  • Work with students to prepare work for publication
  • Nominate students for research awards
  • Bring students to conferences
  • Assist students with fellowship and graduate school applications
  • Analyze student survey results and refine next REU based on those results
NCWIT REU-in-a-box

CRA-W Resources for Faculty Mentors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conferences with Student Research Poster Sessions and/or Competitions

Undergraduate Research Awards for Students and Faculty

 

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