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REU-RR Application

Application Timeline:

Currently, there is no call for applications for an REU-Raptor Research program in Summer 2022. No applications are being accepted at this time.

Please check back in December 2022 for details about a possible Summer 2023 program.


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. Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree;
  3. 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;
  4. Be available for full-time program participation and research during the 10-week summer program; and
  5. Be willing to abide by university and REU-RR safety protocols and procedures relative to the Covid-19 pandemic, including testing, wearing face coverings, social distancing, and quarantine/isolation as warranted.

REU-Raptor Research Application Instructions:

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

1.  Complete the online application by the priority deadline.

Regarding the first page of the application: If you are not a Boise State student, you will be asked first for your name and email, you will complete the application as a guest, and you will not be able to sign in or log in.

The application requests this information (assemble prior to starting the form):

      • Contact and Demographic Information: Name, home address, phone number, email address, gender, age, citizenship, ethnicity, race, veteran status, and highest degree obtained by either parent/guardian.
      • Academic Information: Includes colleges/universities attended, major, year in school, expected graduation date, GPA (overall and science/math), titles and grades for up to 10 science/math courses, and plans for graduate/medical/professional school with field of interest.
      • An electronic copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) 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. PDF format is preferred, and only one document may be uploaded (combined transcripts or most recent transcript that includes transfer credits).
      • References and REU Aspirations: Name, title, school/university affiliation, and email address of two faculty references familiar with your academic or research work. Two short essays (each no more than 300 words): 1) Why do you want to participate in the REU Raptor Research program? What do you expect to get out of the program? and 2) Please describe any prior relevant experience (e.g. research, laboratory, science jobs). Additional Questions: type of research experience preferred (field and/or laboratory), intent to live on-/off-campus during REU, if you can begin research on the start date of the program, and any additional voluntary information about yourself.

2. Request two letters of reference from academic faculty (see FAQs if your references are not academic faculty), and ask your reference providers to submit their letters using the REU-RR Reference webpage.

    • 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.


Please check the REU-RR FAQ page first. Any questions not answered on the FAQ page should be directed to Dr. Jim Belthoff via email at

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.

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