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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We are happy to answer questions that prospective applicants to our REU-Raptor Research Site may have via email at  However, please check the following for answers to frequently asked questions before contacting us.

Eligibility FAQs

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.

If I am still in school or 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.

Application and Selection FAQs

How do I apply to REU-Raptor Research?

Complete the online application and arrange for two letters of reference by providing the REU-RR Reference web link to your references. You are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation from your references.

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 Boise State University Engage. Your references should receive a similar email confirmation of receipt. If you cannot find an email confirmation, please email inquiring if we have received your application.

When will I hear about the decision on my application?

Finalists are typically selected in early to mid-March of each year, although the date varies depending on when we know about final funding for our programs.

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 or a graduate teaching assistant/postdoc?

Yes, although letters from faculty are preferred whenever 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 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.

Students standing together, holding books on the campus Friendship bridge over the Boise River
Summer REU-Raptor Research Students on the Boise State University campus with Edward Wilson’s “Letters to a Young Scientist”
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