FAQs About REU-RR
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
REU-Raptor Research Site applicants who have questions about the application process must reach out to NSF ETAP (Education & Training Application) by calling 800-232-8024 or emailing email@example.com. Prospective applicants to our REU-Raptor Research Site who have questions about our REU-RR program can reach us via email at REU-RR@boisestate.edu and we will be happy to respond.
If I graduate in the spring, am I eligible to participate in the REU program during the following summer?
Unfortunately, no. The National Science Foundation (NSF) stipulates that all REU participants must be current undergraduates who have not graduated.
If I am still in classes on the start date, if my school uses a quarter system, OR if some other engagement will not allow me to start the REU program on the specified program start date, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. We have an input field in the application for students to indicate when they can start the program. While it is preferable that all students start the program together on the typical start date, sometimes individual research projects may allow a slightly later start while still giving students time to prepare to present their research at ICUR, usually held in late July.
Application and Selection FAQs
How do I apply to REU-Raptor Research?
Go to our application page and use the link there (when applications are open) to apply through NSF ETAP.
Why does the NSF ETAP Opportunity for REU-Raptor Research have program dates of March 2023 – March 2023?
March 2023 is when we will be reviewing applications and notifying selected participants. The tentative program dates for 2023 REU-Raptor Research are May 15 – July 21.
How do I know you received my application?
You will receive an email confirmation of receipt after you submit your application. If you do not see this in your email inbox, please check your spam/junk mail folder for an email from ETAP. If you cannot find an email confirmation, please contact ETAP by calling 800-232-8024 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do my references submit letters of recommendation?
During the ETAP application process, you will be asked to enter email addresses for at least two references. Once you enter these and submit your application, emails will automatically be sent from ETAP to the individuals you indicated. These emails will include unique URLs that your references must use to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. In order for your application to be considered complete, letters of recommendation must be submitted through ETAP (NOT emailed directly to the REU-RR site or the Raptor Research Center). You will have the opportunity through the ETAP portal to monitor the response rate of references and prompt the system to send them reminder emails.
The application asks for two reference letters from academic faculty. If I do not have close relationships with academic faculty, is it OK if one of the letters comes from my employer?
Yes, although letters from faculty are preferred whenever possible, the REU-RR program selection committee will accept references from employment/volunteer supervisors, teaching assistants, postdocs with whom you have worked, research collaborators, and academic advisors.
When will I hear about the decision on my application?
Finalists are typically selected in March of each year, although the date varies depending on when we know about final funding for our programs. Rest assured, all applicants will be notified about the decision on their applications as soon as possible.
Overall Program FAQs
How many students are supported in the REU-Raptor Research Site?
We typically have NSF funding to support 8 to 10 students per year.
Can I receive academic credit for the summer experience?
Yes. Typically, REU-RR participants receive 1 cr. from Boise State University for their participation (at no cost to the students) associated with a summer semester seminar course designed around the REU program. Students may also work with either their home institution or Boise State University to pursue additional academic credit for the experience.