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Application Timeline for 2021:

  • Applications Open: TBD, around December 1, 2020
  • Applications Close: TBD, around mid-February, 2021 (priority deadline)
  • REU-RR Participants Notified: TBD, around mid-March, 2021


We welcome applications from students from all biological disciplines who are interested in field or laboratory research. We are especially interested in receiving applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in science, persons with disabilities, those returning from military service, and students from institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited.

To be eligible for the REU-RR program, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  2. Not be graduating with your undergraduate degree until at least the end of the Fall term following the REU program for which you are applying;
  3. Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree; and
  4. Be available for full-time program participation and research during the 10-week summer program.

Application Instructions for REU-Raptor Research:

To apply, students must complete Step 1 and Step 2 below:

1.  Complete the online application by the February priority deadline in the above timeline.
The online application requests the following information (which should be assembled prior to starting the form):

  • Contact information.
  • Academic information that includes colleges/universities attended, major, year in school, expected graduation date, GPA (overall and science/math), and grades for up to 10 science/math courses.
  • An electronic copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies are suitable) that includes the most recent Fall semester grades (if available at the time of application) and Spring semester classes in which you are currently registered.
  • Education and career plans.
  • Demographic and background information, including citizenship status, race/ethnicity, military experience, and parent/guardian education information.
  • Two short essays (each no more than 300 words) that describe 1) why you want to participate and what you expect to get out of the REU-Raptor Research Site program, and 2) any prior relevant experience (e.g., research, laboratory classes, employment, etc.). We suggest preparing your essays in advance using word processing software and then copying the text into the form when you are ready to submit the application.

Check back soon for an online application link!

2. Request two letters of reference from academic faculty (see FAQs if your references are not academic faculty).

  • At least one of the references must be able to comment on your potential for independent research. Both should attempt to comment on your interest in science, motivation, work ethic, etc.
  •  Request that the letters be submitted by the application deadline. Your references should be alerted that their letters will be held in confidence and not shared with REU applicants.

Applications received on or before the application deadline will be given priority. Later applications may be considered if there are still openings in the program. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Jim Belthoff via email at

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