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Program at a Glance:

Important Program Dates

  • Application due date is January 31st, 2019.
  • The "Spring Ahead" Virtual Session will run Monday, March 4th through Friday, April 12th. During this time participants will work with their mentor and research team using online and electronic tools.
  • Participants are to arrive on the RIT campus Sunday, June 2nd.
  • The last day of the program is Friday, August 2nd.  Participants will leave on Saturday, August 3rd.

Spring Forward into Research
A $500 stipend will be provided for this off-campus jump-start on your summer research. During this time you will meet your project mentor using video chat and email to establish a research question of mutual interest, begin background research on your project, and take part in research ethics training. Time commitment is about 30 hours during the spring semester preceding the summer on-site experience. This session will run from Monday March 4th through Friday April 12th. 

Summer On-site Program
A $4500 stipend will be provided for the main on-campus summer research experience at RIT. Housing will be provided at no additional cost to participants. The on-site program at RIT will run Sunday June 2nd through Saturday August 3rd. 

In addition to working on a mentored-research project, our program also includes:

Throughout the summer you will participate in a weekly Professional Development workshop focusing on areas such as the graduate school application process, STEM career pathways, scientific communication and networking skills. You will also take part in a weekly DBER research methods workshop to learn about and practice the quantitative and qualitative methods used in Discipline-Based Education Research.
Cohort-building Activities

In addition to the structured workshops and ongoing research, you will have the chance to participate in a number of social activities with the DBER REU cohort. Several other REU programs are hosted at RIT so you will have the chance to meet and interact with many students during the summer. All REU students stay in beautiful Global Village, a state-of-the art housing complex.  Housing costs are covered by the REU program. 
Participation in RIT's Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
At the end of the summer you will take part in RIT's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The date of the symposium is Thursday August 1st. Students will present their work, listen to other research presentations and network with students, faculty and friends!

The REU is hosted by the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative at RIT. Questions? Contact us at

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